This week’s featured photo is of a a striped Nassau grouper observed while scuba diving. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one enjoying Belize’s bounty of delicious lobsters that day; this one had a mouthful by the time I got the camera ready and it wasn’t shy about showing it off. Grouper are commonly spotted on dives in Belize (and also my favorite fish to eat), but this was the first time I’d actually seen one scoop a lobster up into it’s mouth!
The Nassau grouper is becoming an endangered species from overfishing – I feel very privileged each and every time I’m able to get underwater and see amazing things like this happening before they are gone – forever. Part of the UNESCO site of Belize Barrier Reef System, Glover’s Reef Atoll, where this was spotted is now a marine reserve and protected against fishing. It’ s one of the best areas to dive in all of Belize.