"Goliath Grouper" by Amber Marine ~ Watercolor Painting, (c) 2016by Amber Marine
Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2" deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.
ABOUT THE ART
The Atlantic Goliath Grouper - my endangered species art piece for January 2016! Happy New Year!
This was a very fun fish to paint. ^_^
The goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) truly lives up to it's name - this fish can be over 8 feet long, and weigh 800 pounds! Once they reach adulthood this massive animal has few natural predators. This very inquisitive fish can be quite fearless - they have been known to attack large sharks, and even humans! (Especially if the human is spearfishing and holding tasty snacks.) In the old days this fearlessness made them easy prey for spearfishermen, they were a highly sought after sport fish - and now the goliath grouper is critically endangered.
The goliath grouper has been a protected species since the early 90's. If this fish is caught - fishermen must free the animal to the water alive and unharmed. Large fish are not to be removed from the water because their skeletal structure cannot support their massive weight out of the water without causing internal damage.
(Goliath grouper handling information here: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/goliath-grouper/ )
The goliath grouper population is slowly recovering since the harvest ban. They were successfully bred in captivity for the first time in May 2015!
Watercolor art - 2015-2016 by Amber Marine. © ☺ ♥
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