„Monster fish“ at Moore Park Beach, Australia 2018

ABC News and others report about the find of John and Riley Lindholm walking at Moore Park Beach (Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia) on Tuesday. A nearly two metres long and about 150 kilogram heavy „monster“ fish carcass (see Lindhom (2018) and Lodge, J and Ford, E. (2018) for images). While the couple wasn’t sure about the identity of their find, a spokesperson for Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) consulted experts at the Queensland Museum. While the condition made a definitive identification difficult, they told QBFP that it appeared to be a Queensland groper.

The giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), or Queensland groper in Australia, grows up to three metres and weighs up to 400 kilogram. In summary the general body and mouth shape, fins, etc. confirms the identification – considering that circumstances and taphonomical processes changed the appearance of the fish.

The original pictures of the Lindholm’s have been published at the site of „Moore Park Beach Communit, News, Events and Information“ on Facebook.

Giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) also known as Queensland groper (Lasica, 2012. Used under license CC BY 2.0)

Giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) also known as Queensland groper (Lasica, 2012. Used under license CC BY 2.0)

References

Capuli, E. (n.d.). Epinephelus lanceolatus. Retrieved from http://www.fishbase.org/summary/6468

Lasica, JD. (2012). Giant Grouper. [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/6676587829/ CC BY 2.0

Lindhom, R. (2018). Retrieved March 6, 2018, from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mooreparkbeachcommunity.newsinfo/permalink/2233637073529861/

Lodge, J., Ford, E. (2018) ‚I’ve never seen anything like it. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/150kg-monster-fish-found-washed-up-on-bundaberg-qld-beach/9527330

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