in Jamaica dive sites, here
you will find some good info about
Experts think that the red lionfish invasion off the
east coast of the United States and Caribbean might
have probably escaped
from a Florida fish tank in mid-1990s. The red
is a venomous coral reef fish from the Indian and western Pacific
Oceans (map Below).
This year on my vacation in Dom. Rep.
I heard for the first time about
the lionfish invasion in the island. The sightings of the fish were
mentioned all the
the north coast (Sosua,
Maimon Bay and Luperon)
but the red lionfish
have also been detected in the coasts of Cuba, Puerto Rico and
They feed on crustaceans and fishe up to half its size using
its widespread pectorals trapping prey into a corner, stunning it and
then with their mouth they create a vacuum and suck the prey in during
nearly imperceptible split-second movement.
teams observed one lionfish eating 20 small fish in less than 30
They are not aggressive, but if threatened they will erect their
dorsal spines that are venomous. The sting can be treated by
heating the afflicted part and application of corticoids (regulation of
Some of the pictures below were taken during a night dive and the
others the next day at the same spot. Some others were provided by my
good friend Elin Sanchez from Dominican Republic.