We photographed this groper head in the Nind's creek - Johnstone River estuary on 17 December 2008. A fishing friend of ours also advises that when gropers are hooked and bought to the surface for release their air bladders tend to rupture and thus they cannot re-submerge even if successfully released, plus floating on the top of the water makes them prime targets for sharks and crocs. We suspect that's what happened to this one.
Maybe the two heads are the same fish (poor fish)...... I vividly recall swimming with a graceful old senior groper at Clump Reef off Clump Point at Mission when I was in grade 7 on a school camp excursion - they are massive and amazing. The one we swam with at the time was reliably reckoned to be over 100 years old. The appaling thing was that 2 weeks after that wonderful experience some bastards shot that particular fish with their shotguns. In hindsight, perhaps this was a pivitol catalyst in me becoming concerned about the environment and fellow creatures.... I also clearly remember my favourite t-shirt and its slogan at the time: Half blue, half black with the words "Oil and Water Don't Mix"
Monday, March 23, 2009
I just received a email this morning from Ellie, the president of CAFNEC. This fish was about 10 km from the dead Ella Bay fish. It’s a different fish to mine (see this post) as this one had no spine.Ellie says: