Man Throws a Pie from a Pier Only to See a Huge Shark and Goliath Groupers Emerge from the Depths

Atlantic goliath grouper, jewfish or itajara (Epinephelus itajara) Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: October 4, 2023

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We’ve for sure heard the phrase “pie in the sky,” but what about the phrase “pie in the pier?” Well, in this short TikTok video posted below, a bystander on a pier happened to have a pie. Random right? Let’s just take our pie for a walk on this beautiful day. Well, regardless, this person walking has a pie, and they want to see what they can catch with it. Let’s see what happens!

Pie in the Pier

Cherry, strawberry, peanut butter, chocolate, or pecan? Which do you think this pie was made of? That will be the question left unanswered by the end of this article. Regardless, the pie must have been delicious because it caught the attention of not one sea animal, but two! 

As this TikTok video starts, we see this man chucking this pie into the water. Perhaps he thought it would be good bait. And while we wouldn’t recommend throwing a pie into the ocean, it did catch the attention of a fish or two. 

In no time at all, we see a small shark emerge from below and start to circle the pie. He is interested to know what fell in the ocean. We hear the exclamations from the person filming as he circles. We would expect this shark to snatch this pie up. But, for some reason, we see him swimming away quickly. 

Suddenly, at 14 seconds, we see an enormous Goliath grouper appear out of nowhere! And he grabs this pie up as if it was nothing. 

What is the Largest Grouper?

Atlantic goliath grouper, jewfish or itajara (Epinephelus itajara) Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Goliath groupers can live up to 50 years.

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We might assume that all groupers are the same size; however, the goliath grouper is not the only type of grouper that there is. The common grouper (Epinephelinae) of the Family Serranidae can grow to lengths between 10 inches and 8+ feet long. They easily weigh over 100 pounds. However, this is by far the largest grouper that there is. The largest grouper is the goliath grouper. 

According to Britannica, an authoritative resource on discoveries, people, and events for the past 250 years, they have this to say about the Goliath grouper.

“One of the largest and best-known of the groupers is the goliath grouper (E. itajara), which can reach a length of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) and a weight of about 455 kg (1,000 pounds).” 

With a fish taller than a grown man and weighing as much as a grand piano, it’s no wonder this small shark hightailed it out of there!

Check Out the Incredible Footage Below!


Threw a pie in the water just to see what would happen.. 😳 #monster #fnq #weipa #oz #fishtok #shark #fyp #nz #work #fifo

♬ original sound – Ardz

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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