goliath grouper

noun
variants: or Goliath grouper

Definition of goliath grouper

: a very large grouper (Epinephalus itajara) of shallow waters especially of the western Atlantic Ocean from southern Florida to Brazil that may reach weights of up to 800 pounds (363 kilograms)

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Recent Examples on the Web The work will begin with captive fish before moving on to goliath grouper in natural habitats to see if any behaviors only occur in the wild. Allie Wilkinson, Scientific American, "Military Tries Out Fish as Underwater Spies," 29 Mar. 2019 Large goliath groupers should be left in the water during release. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "500-pound goliath grouper eats shark as shocked Florida fishermen watch: 'He just sucked it in'," 18 July 2018 This summer’s red tide has already caused the deaths of hundreds of sea turtles, as well as large fish like goliath grouper and even manatees. James Rogers, Fox News, "Red tide crisis: The science behind the toxic algae bloom on Florida's Gulf Coast," 15 Aug. 2018 The algae turns the water toxic for marine life, and in recent weeks beachgoers have been horrified to find turtles, large fish like goliath grouper and even manatees wash up dead. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida’s Gulf Coast," 14 Aug. 2018 The vast majority of speakers wanted the commission to maintain the goliath grouper’s protection. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "State keeps protection for Goliath grouper," 26 Apr. 2018 Among trophy fish caught in the Florida Keys, the goliath grouper has long held special distinction. National Geographic, "800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy," 25 Nov. 2016 Not all hold such a reverential view of the goliath grouper, which can reach 800 pounds. National Geographic, "800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy," 25 Nov. 2016

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2001, in the meaning defined above

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“Goliath grouper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goliath%20grouper. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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