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Exciting Giant Sea Bass news!

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by MaxBottomtime, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    One of the GSBs Merry and I photographed at Hermosa Artificial Reef last month has been identified by Spotting Giant Sea Bass as the same individual they identified three years ago from Casino Point, Catalina Island. It is only the second large scale movement captured in their database, with the first one being a movement from Catalina to Anacapa Island.
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  2. Hethen57

    Hethen57 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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    Very cool... my friend got the one at Anacapa that had been previously spotted at Casino Point.. it had a very identifiable notch in its fin. These gentle giants are so amazing to see up close. I had one circle me on my safety stop at Santa Cruz Island and I was just in awe of how big the fish was!
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    I'm 6'3" and even longer with my fins on. I had a huge one swim alongside me at San Clemente Island once. It was longer than me.
     
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  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Any idea what the bigger ones weigh, I've heard 500 lbs?
     
  5. Hethen57

    Hethen57 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    They are are usually in the 400-700 pound range and by the time they get that big they have probably been swimming around for well over 30 years. I'm 6', 215 and the one that circled me a few months ago dwarfed me and was easily 7'+ long and about 3' tall at the dorsal...I'd guess 5-600#. The photos just don't do 'em justice because they just look like a large regular bass without something to give you a perspective on size.
     
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  6. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    Location: Calif.
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    For some reason it seems amazing to me the GSB adults do that much traveling. Very very cool.
     
  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
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  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    The trophy photos are saddening
     
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  9. Sifossifoco

    Sifossifoco Contributor

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    I have a friend, 80 yo, who studied lions all his life and lives in a very remote part of Zambia. He would never tell anybody the exact location of the lions, to avoid helping poachers and trophy hunters. I think we should be careful and do the same, when we talk about some fishes.
     
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  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Goliath Grouper and Giant Sea Bass are protected. I hope that is enough, and lasts. There is ongoing threat to the status of the Goliath Grouper.
     
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