Giant Black Sea Bass are awesome!
They can get super big….sometimes. They are so big and slow, and curious that they used to swim right up to people that wanted to fish them. For food and for trophies. Mostly Trophies. I guess they don’t taste very good. They almost became extinct (which means, gone foreverrrr).
Since 1982, they are protected in california! There is a record of a GSB being 8.2 feet, and 562 lbs, which is really big. If that specific Sea Bass were to walk on your foot on accident, it would break all the bones in your feet! Did you know there are 52 bones in your foot? Now they are broken, because a sea bass walked on them!
Now people can see them again, while scuba diving. I’ve never seen one in California….In the wild that is. On the weekends, I dive with a future spawning pair in the Aquarium. This means that hopefully they love each other enough to make babies. Not yet though, since they are too young and they think the opposite sex is icky still.
Giant Sea Bass are related to groupers. They live in Kelp Forests, along the bottom. They are still considered critically endangered, and it is a crime to kill one, to eat one, to spear it, and even to invite it to dinner (this may be misconstrued on either side)
When you feed a Giant Sea Bass a fish, it opens its mouth really really big and sucks the fish in with a bunch of water. Sometimes you might think they will eat your hand. But they don’t.
remember, never eat a Giant Sea Bass, because that would be just as illegal as driving and eating a sandwich.
Which is seriously bad.
Gooooo Giant Sea Bass!