The beauty and grave of the lion fish are a disguise. The tall fins on its back have venomous stingers. Tentacles above its eyes are decoys to attract fish. Its stripes and polka dots are meant to confuse. And its elegant fins are a cloak to herd and trap small fish. One large lion fish can consume 40 fish an hour.
The lion fish was brought from the Pacific, and accidentally released onto Caribbean reefs, where there is no natural predator to control it. If you go to the Caribbean, make sure to try lion fish ceviche, lion fish fingers, whole fried lion fish, lion fish filet or lion fish fishcakes. It’s delicious and it’ll help reduce the invasion in the Caribbean reefs!
Scuba-love and fishcakes!