When you go after the same fish as a goliath grouper, you may be in for a tug of war as a fisherman recently learned on a dive off Apalachicola, Florida.
Grayson Shepard was spearfishing for snapper at a shipwreck site in June when he captured a startling video of several goliath groupers trying to take his catch.
After a series of tussles, one of the groupers bends Shepard’s spear “so badly it will no longer load into my speargun,” Shepard told National Geographic by email. At one point, several goliaths went after Shepard’s catch at once and he was briefly pulled along for a wild ride.
As their name suggests, goliath groupers are true underwater giants, reaching 8 feet (2.4 meters) long and weighing up to 800 pounds (360 kilograms).