GULF COAST – We have another report of the venomous lion-fish in local waters.
This video was taken about 20 miles south of Orange Beach this weekend by MBT Dive Shop photographer, Scott Bartel.
The fish is not native to the gulf but has been spotted a lot more lately.
It has no natural predators.
It kills other fish and eats their eggs, and is poisonous to humans.
Divers are encouraged to kill them on site.
Scott Bartel/MBT Dive Shop: “The dive knife you have to be really careful, because the spines stick out quite a ways and you could actually get poked. So I wasn’t able to get close enough with my dive knife to do anything to it and the spear guns are made for larger fish.”
Bartel suggests using a net to capture and then kill the fish if you encounter one.
Monday, November 1 2010, 09:28 PM EDT
[...] Dr John Bruno, over at the excellent new ocean-science blog, Seamonster, points out some new efforts in the fight against a particularly troubling invasive species, the lionfish. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific but have invaded waters along the US eastern seaboard, all the way down to South America, and represent an enormous ecological change, as pretty much nothing is left to eat them. But apparently there are efforts afoot to change that, by working with sharks, and by attempting to convince a largely land-based bunch of bipeds that they’re yummy as well. [...]