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.


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