A huge grouper, locally known as Lapu-Lapu was caught off the waters of Boronngan, Eastern Samar, south of the Philippines.
A report by a Youscooper (citizen journalist) of GMA News named Paul Osita of Samar said that the enormous grouper was caught by fishermen using a fishing net. He added that the fishermen found hard times lifting the fish as it already destroyed the nets.
This grouper weighs 200 kilos and measures almost 7 feet.
But, it’s all worthy. When brought to the wet market, a vendor bought the fish for P15,000.00 ($350.00).
But, this is not the first time that a grouper this big was caught. In 2008, a fisherman in Malacca caught a 180-kg grouper almost his size off the waters near Pulao Sembilan in the Straits of Malacca. In Shenzen, local newspaper reported that a 1.8-meter grouper swallowed a 1.0-meter shark at the Fuzhou Sea World Aquarium. And, in 2010, a Costa Rican newspaper reported that a fisherman caught a 2.3-meter (7 feet) grouper, it weighs 250 kg and using a 1-kilogram bait.
Here in the Philippines, a grouper is one of the most popular fishes. Some companies even culture this creature for business where they export the it in countries like China, Japan, Hong Kong and even United States.