Is This a World Record Goliath Grouper?

Is This a World Record Goliath Grouper?
Is This a World Record Goliath Grouper?

We all know that the goliath grouper can grow to very large sizes. But is this one a world record?

This gigantic, 683-pound grouper was recently caught by fishermen off the coast of the Spratly Islands in China. After bringing their catch back to shore, they sold it to a hotel, which will presumably use the fish for food.

While the fish is enormous, it's a Pacific goliath grouper, which can reach upwards of 1,000 pounds. Still, it’s not every day that you see a fish this big.

What’s interesting, though, is that this particular species of grouper is also believed to be endangered, and this raises the question of whether or not keeping the fish and selling it for food is ethically correct.

What do you think? Should an angler (or, in this case, anglers) do what they want with their catch, endangered or not? Or should they be more mindful on the fish’s endangered status? Let us know in the comments below.

Click here for a photo gallery of some of the largest catches of 2013.

Story and photo courtesy of Shanghaiist.

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