Potato Cod, The Great 8, Southern Great Barrier Reef
The Potato Cod is a very large fish and has distinctive markings on it’s skin making it easily recognisable. Many scuba divers report that they have had close up encounters with the Potato Cod due to its friendly nature and inquisitive personality.
This species has been over fished in most other parts of the world, we are very lucky in Australia that divers can still come face to face with them in places such as Lady Musgrave Island. Named after the large potato-shaped markings on its body, the potato cod (Epinephelus tukula) is one of the biggest members of the groper family.
Come and see the Potato Cod and the other members of The Great 8 with Lady Musgrave Experience and enjoy a day out on the great barrier reef.
Learn More About The Potato Cod and The Great Eight
- Potato cods are found mainly in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans.
- Potato cods eat small rays, crabs, fish, squid, octopuses and western rock lobsters.
- As potato cods live in the same area throughout their entire lives and show little fear of people, they are easy targets for spearfishers.
- Although there are no records of potato cods being aggressive towards people, divers still need to be careful as these massive fish have powerful jaws that could potentially inflict serious injuries.
- Members of the groper family are ‘protogynous hermaphrodites’. This means that when they become sexually mature (at about 90 centimetres long), gropers start out as females, but undergo a sex change during their lives to become males!
- If you should accidentally catch one while fishing, return it to the water immediately. If you are ever lucky enough to encounter one in the water, look at it but don’t touch and keep a safe distance from it.