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Monday, October 21, 2013

VENOMOUS LIONFISH COULD KILL THE ATLANTIC ECOSYSTEM

'Worst Environmental Disaster the Ocean Could Ever Face'


The incredibly invasive, fast-producing Red Lionfish
How-They-Got-Here Mystery Solved: Dumbbell Fish Collectors Dumped the Poisonous Predators Off the Florida Coast

NOAA reports: "The Lionfish is an invader--far from its home on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific basin. The mystery of how they got here has slowly unraveled. A showy species for personal aquariums, they were likely dumped off the Florida coast when no longer wanted. Several small releases of Lionfish have led to a population explosion that has increased 1,000 percent in less than five years. And they are now found throughout the Caribbean; along the U.S. coast to Long Island, and east to Bermuda."

Lionfish from Kyle Kim on Vimeo.