Animals Video

By Katy Gill 

This hungry grouper is being a very self-FISH.

The large marine animal appears in no mood to share its meal with its friend.

But that does not stop the second grouper fish from trying, as it attempts to wrestle the meal away for a full one-and-a-half minutes.

However, the first grouper’s grip is just too strong, and eventually the second one swims to the bottom of the ocean to find other pray.

The aquatic tug-of-war was captured by retired musicologist and novelist Sylvia May, 60, on a scuba diving trip off Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands.

The dive guide had speared a lion fish to feed to a grouper that was following them, only for the second one to come and try and snatch the meal.

Sylvia said: “Divers are helping to cull the invasive lion fish population in Caribbean waters, and will frequently dive with a spear to try and catch them.

“Often when they catch one, they will feed it to a grouper, and it has become typical in the Cayman waters for groupers to hang around groups of divers waiting for a free meal.

“While it is common to have groupers eating lion fish given to them by a diver, it is not common for two of them to fight over one.

“Our dive guide had speared a lion fish and was about to feed it to a grouper that had been following our group around.

“Another grouper that had been hovering near us swam in and grabbed it off the spear before the first grouper could get it.

“The first grouper tried to take it away, and what ensued was a tussle between the groupers.

“Everyone was amazed at the aggression shown by the one grouper, and we all felt very fortunate to have witnessed this unusual occurrence.”

Sylvia was diving with her husband Richard in a larger group, lead by Jeff from Cayman Brac Reef Divers.