FORT PIERCE, FL (wqcs) - Florida's marine backyard hides a gentle giant: the goliath grouper. They are the largest grouper fish in the Atlantic ocean, up to 8 feet long and half a ton in weight. Goliath groupers might live up to 70 years, like us. After 8 years in the mangrove nursery, they move to the reef. Every summer, goliath groupers aggregate at a few sites along the reef, singing their love songs with a deep Barry White voice. Spawning under the moonlit nights. Goliath groupers are the golden retrievers of the ocean, curious and friendly to divers.
In 1990, the United States protected the species to avoid extinction. Florida is the only place in the world where we can regularly see goliath groupers. They are a national treasure.
At Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), we do research on goliath groupers. To learn more, visit www.teamorca.org