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GOLIATH GROUPER, TARPON, & MORE

Come meet, and even feed, some of the largest predators and most beautiful reef dwellers of the Gulf of Mexico! We have a few all-time favorites like our Goliath Grouper, Oscar the Grouch, and Tarpon that will jump out of the water to catch their next meal!

Goliath Grouper

​Epinephelus itajara

Lifespan: Debated, 37-100 years

Maximum Size: 800 pounds, 8 feet long

Diet: Crustaceans, fish, octopus, sharks, barracuda

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

Fun Fact:  I am the largest grouper species in he western hemisphere and am known for my keen intelligence.

Tarpon

Megalops atlanticus

Lifespan: 30-50 years

Maximum Size: 355 pounds, 8.2 feet long

Diet: variety of fishes and large invertebrates

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Fun Fact: I have very small teeth for my size and therefore swallow all of my food whole!

Snook

Centropomus undecimalis

Lifespan: debated, 20-30 years

Maximum Size: 54 pounds, 44 inches long

Diet: variety of fishes, shrimp, and crabs

Conservation Status: Not evaluated

Fun Fact: All of us are born males, but as we grow we become females, therefor we are known as protandric hermaphrodites.

Red Drum

Sciaenops ocellatus

Lifespan: 50 years

Maximum Size: 100 pounds, 40-60 inches long

Diet: variety of fishes, marine worms, and crustaceans

Conservation Status: Not evaluated

Fun Fact: We have spots on our tail that are designed to look like eyes. These "eye-spots" confuse predators when we have to make a quick escape.

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Crevalle Jack

Caranx hippos

Lifespan:17-20 years

Maximum Size: 50 pounds, 20-40 inches long

Diet: variety of fishes, shrimp, invertebrates

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Fun Fact: Notice our forked tales, they help us move extremely quickly through the water. We are a fast moving, schooling fish.