Queensland grouper ate green turtle


From the Brisbane Times in Australia:

Monster fish ‘swallows a whole green turtle

TONY MOORE

October 16, 2009

A 150-kilogram Queensland grouper washed ashore on Townsville Strand in Queensland on Wednesday had swallowed a green turtle whole before it died, experts say.

DPI veterinary pathologist Dr Ian Anderson found the dead 40-centimetre turtle inside the 2.2 metre long groper following an autopsy on the giant fish this week.

Groupers are classed as “top level” predators, and are known to eat spiny lobsters, fish, small sharks, turtles and stingrays.

Queensland’s biggest recorded grouper measured more than three metres long and weighed 288 kilograms.

Dr Anderson said when he arrived at Townsville Strand on Wednesday the fish was lying on its side in shallow water and in obvious distress.

“It died a short time later and we have taken a number of samples for further analysis,” he said.

“I do not believe the grouper’s final meal of a juvenile green turtle actually killed the fish and there were no external injuries.”

“But the lining of the stomach was red and inflamed so I’m waiting on bacteriology tests to find out the cause of death which should be finalised by next week.”

See also here.

University of Queensland researchers have discovered that one of the effects of inc[r]eased human population is stress being placed on the environment leading to sick turtles: here.

Fifteen eastern blue groupers found with horrific spear wounds at Wattamolla in Royal National Park: here.

Sea turtle hatchlings transferred to a holding pool at SeaWorld San Diego. The population of endangered green sea turtles at SeaWorld grew by 82 in October when the eggs hatched on Shipwreck Beach without human help: here.

Eastern long-necked turtles living in the suburbs of Australia have larger home ranges and cope better with periods of drought: here.

Sea turtle rescue in Kuwait: here.

Scientists learn red grouper operate as underwater architects: here.

Black grouper: here.

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