Friday, May 05, 2006

Bahamas Mamas?

The Boston Globe is reporting that a juvenile lionfish (Pterois volitans) was recently discovered in the Bahamas. The fish, native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, was found by workers on a diving expedition from the New England Aquarium. The discovery of such a young individual is potentially bad news for the Bahamas, since it implies that there are breeding adults out there as well. The ISW has previously reported on lionfish found in the more northern realms of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina and even New York.

Interested readers will also want to check out the New England Aquarium's take on the story, which includes photos of the cute little venomous creature in its new glass home.

Tip of the virtual hat to Dowbrigade News for posting about this story.

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