The Tiger Grouper is named for the distinctive “tiger-stripe” bars on its body, and this species commonly inhabits the reefs and walls of the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, southern Gulf of Mexico and occasional South Florida. It will often rest on the ocean floor in more secluded areas, and it is not unusual to see this Grouper taking part in a cleaner station.
This rather large fellow was hanging out along a steep wall of the north shore of Bonaire. Though slightly curious, he was cautious as we drifted by at about 80 feet; the far northern walls of Bonaire do not host as many scuba divers as do the shore dives in calmer waters further south.
By swimming by this Grouper very slowly, my dive buddy was able to capture some great photos of the critter, and he didn’t seem to mind.