Video: Watch a Goliath Grouper Swallow a 4-Foot Shark Whole

by Owen James Burke

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I’ve lost more fish to sharks while fishing than I can begin to recall, but I can say with absolute certainty that I’ve never lost a shark to a fish.


Above: A young boy sits atop a goliath grouper in Boca Raton, Florida c. 1955 (Photo: Francis P. Johnson/State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory)

Goliath groupers (Epinephelus itajara) live along rocky bottoms or pilings — places from which they can hide and ambush. They’ve got huge mouths that can easily reach the diameter of a basketball hoop, and they’ve even been known to attack divers from time to time. They’re highly territorial, aggressive and can grow up to 800 pounds. On second thought, the real surprise is that it didn’t come back for the fishermen.


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