A Lion’s Bite

lionfish

One of the great pleasures of scuba diving is having the opportunity to view the spectacular life that exists under the waves.  Lionfish are certainly amongst those most beautiful, with each of the eleven species of lionfish having highly conspicuous shades of red, white, black, and creamy bands.  Their myriad tentacles and venomous spines add to their ornate and captivating beauty. 

Yet when a group of divers out spear fishing in south-eastern Brazil came across a lionfish in May 2014, they immediately speared it, and alerted the local authorities.  Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific.  Their presence in the western Atlantic has been described by Graham Maddocks, president and founder of the Bermuda-based Ocean Support Foundation as “probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face”...

The full article was published in – and can be read in – The Marine Professional, a publication of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

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