Endemic to the tropical waters and coral reefs of the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Brazil, the goliath grouper is massive saltwater fish. They can grow as large as 8 feet long and weigh over 800 pounds, although on average they weigh around 400 pounds.
Unfortunately, the Atlantic variant of the goliath grouper isclassified as a critically endangered species by the InternationalUnion for Conservation of Nature. Like many threatened marinespecies, they suffer from a loss and degradation of their naturalhabitat. They are also sometimes affected by commercial fishing,where they end up as bycatch. The good news is that goliathgroupers were recently successfully bred in captivity, providinghope for their future.