Jewfish, Goliath Grouper

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Jewfish, Goliath Grouper, Itajara Grouper, Epinephelus itajara: A Leviathan at Cabo Pulmo, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Mark Rayor of Vista Sea Sport, lower left, and a diving student, swim with a monstrous jewfish found about 50 deep in the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, August 2003.

"We sighted this huge fish at a dive site called Las Casitas. It is in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park near Iguana beach. It is about 50 feet deep and has unique rock formations with cavern-like pockets. It was a great surprise to encounter this huge jewfish. It was very social, not afraid of us, and stuck around for about 15 minutes while we watched and took pictures. My first guess was around 500 pounds. It may have been closer to 700 or 800 pounds. I tend to be conservative. We spent a lot of time close enough to touch. When it swam, its belly dragged in the sand." Description and photos courtesy Mark Rayor.

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