Saturday, August 21, 2004


Lionfish (Pterois volitans) continue their spread along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. As reported by Myrtle Beach Online, scientists aboard the research ship Cape Fear have been hunting for the spiny and poisonous fish off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. In only two weeks they have found 75 fish, and one diver has been stung. According to the scientists featured in the article, the fish are already firmly established in our waters, with eradication no longer an option. Recreational divers are being warned about the invaders, while hospitals are being instructed on how to treat lionfish stings.

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