The mighty goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara).
Goliath Grouper
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The mighty goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) may live its larval stage in the mangrove nursery of a brackish estuary before heading to the reefs to grow and mature. Adults of this critically endangered species can grow to lengths of 3 m (10 ft), and weigh as much as 360 kg (790 lb). This individual, encountered on Pulley Ridge, has a spiny lobster antenna protruding from its gill, indicating successful hunting.

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