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Personal experience with a large Nassau
grouper ("Herbie") on a trip
to Stella Maris in the Bahamas resulted in the loss of skin from the
of my right hand and fingers, followed by a severe infection. "Herbie",
with other groupers not quite so large, were accustomed to being fed at
"Grouper City", a dive site off Long Island. I was put into the water
food for them and unluckily for me, without my gloves. While beating
another grouper in front of me, "Herbie" took my entire fist and
into his mouth and as I struck forward, his raspers ripped off and
considerable skin of the back of my hand.