Red Lionfish

It looks pretty but the fins on their backs are dangerous.  The Red Lionfish is one of the most venomous of all fishes.  Its venom causes a severe reaction in humans including intense pain, inflammation and, occasionally, serious systemic symptoms such as respiratory distress. A lionfish “sting” is rarely fatal.

Native to the Eastern Indian and Pacific Oceans, the lionfish has been introduced into the Atlantic. The first documented release of red lionfish into the Atlantic occurred in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed a large private aquarium in a house in South Florida and six lionfish escaped into Biscayne Bay.  The fish have been reported to be living from as far north as New York, down to Florida and even into the Caribbean.

Lionfish are considered an invasive species and methods to control and remove them from Atlantic waters are underway.  With no natural enemies and a huge appetite, the lionfish have made life difficult for native fish in Florida and Caribbean waters.  They are beautiful in an aquarium but in the waters of the Atlantic, they are a big problem.

Georgia Aquarium Tropical Diver Exhibit
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
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