China's Monster Fish Ends Up in a Cheesy Photo Op

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That's one big fish. One really big fish. Your typical smaller grouper weighs between three and five pounds, but this is hardly typical. This is a goliath grouper.

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As SinoNet (via ShanghaiIst) explains, fishermen recently caught this 683 pound grouper fish near the Spratly Islands. It was then displayed in Dalang in southern China and purchased by a hotel.

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Apparently, the record for a fish caught this size is 681 pounds, which is true for the Atlantic goliath grouper, a fish that is now critically endangered. Basic geography tells us that this is a Pacific goliath grouper (well, yeah), which is a separate species, and those fish can get up to 1,000 pounds.

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The fish is believed to be critically endangered. It's not clear under what circumstances it was snared (perhaps it got tangled in fishing nets), but a grouper like this probably shouldn't be caught on purpose and sold to hotels for corny photos.

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东莞饭店购买683斤巨型石斑 南沙海域出产(组图) [SinoNet via ShanghaiIst]

Photos: 21cn

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That said, as long as life exists in some form, it will continue to grow and evolve; re-engineering the future even after people are all gone.