“It’s Old Man Snapper!” cried the fisherman who caught the pinkish silvery fish with small blue spots on it. The name “Old Man Snapper” is a misnomer for an old male of the snapper fish since the prominent hump on the snapper grows in both males and females. Nevertheless, the hump does develop among older snappers and it eerily resembles an old man for its bulging red nose, upper lip, and moustache.
The Snapper, with the scientific name of Chrysophrys Auratus, is a well-known inclusion in Australian fish recipes. The younger snappers generally stay along the continental shelf then they journey as juveniles in estuaries until they mature on deeper reefs. They also grow in size of as much as 130 centimetres in length and weigh about 20 kilograms.
This fibreglass version is at a mature stage with its washed-out blue spots and life-size length of 85 centimetres.
- Handmade and durable fibreglass
- Detailed replica of the Australian snapper