Malabar Cod or Grouper Fish – Underwater Photos and Video

Photographed a couple of Malabar Cod (Epinephelus malabaricus), also referred to as Malabar Grouper, during a recent dive at Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver’s Silversonic .

These cod are really friendly, and popular with the visitors. Normally once the divers get down and play with the fish, the visibility decreases as the sand is stirred up. On this occasion the rest of the diving group were a bit slow getting organized, so I went down ahead of the group, and spent some time photographing the smaller cod.

Malabar Cod or Grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus) on coral reef - Agincourt reef, Great Barrier ReefMalabar Cod or Grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus)

I am always careful were I put my hands with these fish, with scars on one hand from having to professionally feed a couple of cod at the Cod Hole off Lizard Island a few years ago. They have rows and rows of small sharp teeth, and get a little aggressive if they are regularly feed.

Malabar Cod or Grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus) on coral reef - Agincourt reef, Great Barrier ReefMalabar Cod or Grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus)

The smaller cod was  a lot more passive and even allowed me to get some good video of him.

Malabar Cod (Epinephelus malabaricus)
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More fish and underwater images can be viewed as part of my Great Barrier Reef Images project.

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2 thoughts on “Malabar Cod or Grouper Fish – Underwater Photos and Video”

  1. Hi.
    Nice pics and video.
    This is a Malabar Grouper. We have a lot of them where I work in Thailand. Myself and my team film them everyday. They are an amazing fish. they get so big that they do not feel threatened by us. Allowing us to get really close for some great shots, both still and video.
    Take a look at some of our shots,
    How big was this one? The ones we see are between 50cm and 120cm. The big ones are the best.

    http://www.oceansbelow.net/underwater-videography-news-thailand/17-koh-tao-news/130-underwater-photo-training-courses-thailand.html

    Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
    Aidy

    1. Hi Adrian,
      Thanks for the comment.
      Yes they seem to be called alot of different things, depending on the location.
      This cod is probably is over 1.5m, and big enough to be a bully if it is hungry.
      Good pics on your site.
      Regards
      Carl

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