Photographer and Goliath Grouper, Epinephelus itajara.
Image: Michael Patrick ONeill/MSNBC Nature’s Best Photography 2008 [larger view].
The Goliath grouper is a large predator found in Atlantic, Caribbean, and eastern Pacific reefs. Reaching eight feet in length and weighing up to 800 pounds, it feeds on fish, stingrays, lobster, and even small sea turtles. The ocean off Jupiter, Florida, is a great place to photograph Goliath groupers. They tend to gather near old shipwrecks and around rocky ledges.
Photo information: 10.5mm lens; 1/125 sec at f/6.3; digital capture at ISO 100, Aquatica underwater housing; 2 Inon Z-220s strobes.