FISHY BUSINESS: Man Risks Being Dragged Underwater As He Feeds A Giant Queensland Grouper

This footage shows a man feeding an enormous Queensland grouper which is so big it could easily devour a human baby.

Newsflash obtained the footage from Ryan Moody, 55, who said in an interview that he filmed it at the Cooktown jetty in Cooktown, located in North Queensland, Australia.

Ryan, a charter fishing operator and an online fishing educator, who lives in the city of Cairns, Queensland, told Newsflash that the fish seen in the video is a Queensland grouper, which is very similar to the Goliath grouper in the US.

The species, also named giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) which is fully protected in Australia, can grow to over 8.5 feet (2.5 metres) in length and can weigh more than 800 pounds (362 kilogrammes).

Ryan said he does not know the identity of the person captured feeding the giant beast in the video but said the cafe owners and locals will often do it as well.

Although the man seems to be quite confident in his balance as he kneels down over the deep water and gets extremely close to the fish, he still risks getting bitten or dragged in, Ryan said.

Ryan said: “The biggest concern would be if a small dog or baby fell in the water as they would be easily devoured, but we have never heard of any issues like that happening here.”

He also recanted of a similar incident almost taking place somewhere nearby: “I do know about a close call where an unwitting parent was dipping their babies feet in the water near where the groupers are fed (at another location), but they were soon warned that it wasn’t safe.”

The grouper make a good tourist attraction at the jetty and have been around the area where Ryan lives for many years, as he explained.

“They are pretty well tamed but you wouldn’t want your hand getting stuck in their mouth as they have several small sharp teeth and can scratch you up pretty bad like bad gravel rash or accidentally pull you in as they are very powerful,” Ryan added.

But getting up close and personal with fish can prove to be quite beneficial for people as well.

Ryan and his wife have quit their full-time jobs in order to start an online learning business about fishing, which he says has helped a lot of people with their mental health.

He added: “After spending over 3 decades in the fishing charter industry my wife suggested we start online teaching for fishermen so I didn’t have to work the big long days in the sun anymore.

“So Ryan Moody Fishing went from a fishing charter business to online learning,” Ryan said.

He said: “Having a profile already certainly helped and along with social media we grew our audience of like-minded anglers wanting to learn more about fishing and the outdoors.

Man feeds a Queensland groper at the Cooktown jetty in Cooktown, Queensland, on Oct. 3, 2021. According to Ryan Moody, there would always be some element of danger involved like getting bitten or dragged in the water. (@ryan_moody_fishing/Newsflash)

“In the time since the first course in 2014 over 20 000 students in 70 countries, we have received thousands of emails from people telling us how our courses have changed their lives so much for the better and helped others through difficult times in their lives too.

“We had no idea what our courses would do for people and their well-being.”

Now, Ryan and his wife’s main objective is to continue what they are doing in order to help others and get their kids back into the great outdoors and away from useless technology.

“Through risks and much blood, sweat and tears we created a world’s-first lifestyle business that helps people become better anglers and humans in general,” Ryan said.