Saturday, April 3, 2010

Red Lionfish

Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish,
originally uploaded by Claude@Munich.
We see a lot of these underwater. They range in color from light to a dark red. The red Lion fish has invaded the Caribbean. It must have come over in the hold of ships and it has adapted to conditons here and is breeding. While it is beautiful, it is eating all the fish fry in the Caribbean and decimating the local population of fish. It doesn't have any natural predators here as it would at home and conditions seem ideal for it. Bahamians are encouraged to catch and eat this fish. It is on the menu in restaurants and according to Sis it is delicious. In my twenties it was a dream of mine to travel to the Pacific and see one of these. I never thought I would be able to do that. And now it has come to me!