Jason Boyll, a fisherman caught the largest Warsaw Grouper that weighs 350 pounds at the coast in Florida.
The FWC Fish and Wildlife Research has provided information saying that the fish was caught with the help of the hook-and-line method on December 29th.
The news was later passed down to the research institute, where the researchers called it to be the oldest fish to ever exist.
The grouper fish was caught in Southwest of Florida at 600ft deep below the surface.
The fisherman, Jason Boyll posted a picture in his social media and shared his excitement of catching the largest grouper fish, along with his group.
However, according to the studies conducted by the biologists from the FWRI’s Age and Growth Lab, says that the fish is about 50-years-old.
On the other hand, the researchers said that it was very important to study the ear stone or fish otolith.
This is because, the fish otolith received from older or larger fish is pictured as rare, and the researchers described the otolith to be a hard calcium carbonate structure that is located behind the brain of all the bony fishes.
The Warsaw Groupers are distinctive when compared with the other types of groupers due to their dorsal spines.
This is because, these groupers have an elongated dorsal spine, and the Warsaw Groupers are the only ones that have 10 dorsal spines, while the others have 11.
The researchers were shocked when they discovered that a Warsaw Grouper that big was found.
Usually, adult Warsaw Groupers can be seen in the depths of 180 to 1700ft, and while the juveniles float around the shallow water reefs and jetties at the Northern Gulf.
The largest Warsaw Groupers were found in December 1985, at the Gulf of Mexico that weighed 436-pounds. The second was a Goliath Grouper, which was caught in May 1961 in Fernandina Beach, Florida weighing 680 pounds.
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