Sunday, July 26, 2015

LIONFISH

The other day we visited the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


According to this website - here - this interesting creature is the lionfish.  It is also known by the names turkeyfish, dragonfish, scorpionfish and butterfly cod.  


It is poisonous and found in the warmer waters of the western and central Pacific Ocean.  It hunts smaller fish but its venom is capable of being fatal to larger creatures.


The lionfish can live to around 16 years in the wild and often live longer if looked after well in captivity.  


There are around eight different species of lionfish.  It can be found in coastal waters around rocky crevices and coral reefs, where there are lots of smaller fish for it to eat, but which also provides excellent hiding places.


The spikes that protrude from its body contain venom that the lionfish uses to defend itself if it is being pursued.  The main predators are larger fish, eels and humans that catch the lionfish to put into tanks.


The lionfish is also an invasive species, originally from the Indian and Western Pacific oceans.  It was brought into Florida as an aquarium fish, but after a hurricane broke some of the aquariums containing the fish, they started to appear around the lower coast of Florida.  They have now spread all the way up to Long Island, New York.


More fascinating information can be found at the link I provided at the beginning of my post.


I am linking to the following very enjoyable memes.  Thank you for hosting ladies.

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34 comments:

Linda said...

Awesome photos!

Kailani said...

Yikes! Scary in both looks, and capabilities! And awesome photos! :)

Margaret Adamson said...

These are excellent photographs and geat information.

Elephant's Child said...

SPECTACULAR photos of a beautiful fish. Thank you.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It doesn't look much like a lion to me (or even a fish for that matter!). But what an interesting creature.

orvokki said...

Wau.. what kind of fish. They're really beautiful, but I would not want to swim against them :)

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful, but deadly!

Valerie said...

Great post about the lion-fish. At first I thought he was attractive - until I saw his face.

Stewart M said...

Great looking fish - although I think that I would be happy to only see them with some glass between me and the spines!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, the Lion fish is beautiful. Lovely photos and wonderful information. Happy Sunday, have a great day!

Sandra said...

absolutely stunning photo of this fish, the best i have seen. they are amazing and you are right, they are making a big pest of themselves here in FL.

diane b said...

You took some great shots of this pretty but poisonous fish.

Lois Evensen said...

He is quite pretty! Great images. :)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

One of my favorite tropical fish. I became interested in them when I lived in Hawaii. Had three tanks at one time. Would love to keep them again.

For a fun film abot a tropical pufferfish, watch 'Next Stop Wonderland." It's fabulous!

Debbie said...

VERY cool and some great info!! your captures are wonderful!!! have a great sunday!!!!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Denise,
Those are some very beautiful, colorful fish.
I like all of them and your photos.
Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

Michelle said...

Great photographs!!!

TexWisGirl said...

very cool.

Stephanie said...

For a poisonous fish, it is gorgeous in color and patterns. Fantastic images!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

so this lionfish can be the king of the sea?

Revisiting after a long time of absence. How are you?

Adam said...

I knew it by the name Zebrafish, it apparently has many nicknames with its true name being Pterois but try pronouncing that

Cloudia said...

oh that scary killer lion fish scared me immediately! yikes!





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Kathy said...

These are great photos, Denise. Taking pictures of fish in aquariums has been challenging for me.

Donna said...

what a cool fish and great mosaic

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a lovely treat! They are gorgeous!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a magnificent fish!

EG CameraGirl said...

The lionfish is quite attractive and is probably gorgeous in motion!

William Kendall said...

A formidable, and visually fascinating fish!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They really are pretty fish and good eating I guess (Bill actually ordered one at a restaurant one time). They're a huge invasive problem around where we live in Florida. Just before we left the Fish and Wildlife had an offer that anyone who caught and documented (I think it was 10 but not sure of the number) could then also legally catch extra of some good fish. I'm hazy on the details since we don't fish, but I do know they are trying so hard to get rid of them. Invasive species seem to thrive in Florida -- lion fish, burmese pythons, tegu lizards, mynah birds. Just turn your pets loose there and pretty soon they have established themselves and are eating up everything else. Scary stuff.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are strangely beautiful! Amazing how they have migrated and thrived from broken aquariums! Beautiful photos.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I love studying sea life --you photos are so wonderful.

Rose said...

They are sure a strange looking creature!

Lowcarb team member said...

I'd not heard of these fish before ...that is what is so great about blogland, you read so many different and new things.

All the best Jan

Don Wood said...

Beautiful I love aquariums and I love fish once cooked. XXX Don