Giant groupers set free by locals invade Sai Kung

Divers found eight giant groupers in the Sai Kung waters after a 90 minute search. The fish, the same as the hungry giant grouper that attacked a 70-year-old man in the water across from Pok Fu Lam’s Wah Kwai Estate last month, should not have been there, according to authorities.

Environmental groups are urging Hong Kongers not to release marine life to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday tomorrow, reports Apple Daily. Buddhists mark the celebration by releasing animals into the wild they have saved from slaughter, but releasing the giant grouper into Hong Kong waters could have a terrible affect on the ecosystem.

Giant groupers are known for their immense appetite and consume large amounts of smaller fish. They will only attack humans if they don’t have enough food to eat.

Source: Coconuts Hong Kong 5/5/2014

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I am a ex-marine biologist now working for a regular job, but I am still passionate about marine biology and oceanography. I studied Marine Science and completed a PhD in deep-sea ecology and biodiversity. I fell in love with HK's rich marine environment when I was a child. This blog is my collection of interesting facts, news and articles that celebrate and educate on HK's diverse marine environment.

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