Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Sharks Munching on Lionfish

Brian Handwerk a collaborator for National Geographic News reported that Honduran authorities and ecologists are trying to make sharks develop a taste for lionfish. This as an effort to reduce population numbers of that fish which is not native to that area of the Globe. Lionfish are originally from the Pacific and Indian Oceans and it´s thought that the fish specie was 'accidentally' introduced by aquarium hobbyists about a decade ago. Handwerk states that "lionfish populations have exploded", they´re currently wide-spread in the waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Southeast. Female lionfish can lay around 200 million eggs each year, resulting in a prosperous propagation of the specie.

I think that people overfished sharks and other species that would have been able to effectively deal with the lionfish. I guess the lionfish is just taking advantage of a new 'predator-less' environment. We cannot blame any animal specie for human error. The State of Florida for example is currently being invaded by harmful reptiles and fish species, released in the wild by irresponsible people. The risk of the introduction of a foreign specie into an ecosystem is that it will compete and most likely eradicated native species, as is the case of the lionfish which might be harming other fish populations such as grouper, parrot fish and snapper.
photos by Antonio Busiello for National Geographic
photos by Antonio Busiello for National Geographic

53 comments:

  1. It makes sense up to a point but only because humans caused the problem in the first place.

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  2. They are out of control down here in Costa Rica too, but I don't think sharks can eat them what with the vemomous spines and all...

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  3. Humans caused the problem, so they should learn to deal with it themselves instead of relying on other animals.

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  4. never in my life i imagine that was a lion fish.. grate articule..

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  5. I wonder what lionfish tastes like. Maybe local restaurants call sell them.

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  6. i hope this will work and not make it worse

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  7. I find the lionfish beautiful

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  8. I dont wanna be one of those lionfishes, crazy sharks

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  9. @Fang i think that's what we're doing dude.

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  10. interesting...informative.

    thanx :)

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  11. @ M.D. Flodström: I also think they´re beautiful

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  12. those are freaking awesome

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  13. Too bad sharks can't take care of everything else that's annoying, like mosquitoes...cockroaches...tax auditors...

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  14. This is pretty cool stuff.

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  15. Lionfish are gorgeous...but shame on irresponsible aquarists for dumping them in foreign waters.

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  16. they look good. I never agree with killing the pretty ones:)

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  17. interesting... i wonder how the taste with all of those fins...

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  18. I guess they must be good.

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  19. Not a creature I'd like to meet during the

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  20. I live in Florida and people are releasing so many animals into the everglades everyday. There's only like 50 panthers or so left and it's due to all this crap people do.

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  21. sounds like a weird idea, maybe the ecosystem will mess up b/c of this decision

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  22. We can also eat the lionfish i hear the meat is good. Also stop eating sharks most of them are near extinction.

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  23. Haha agree with Alpha, damn taxes.

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  24. Damn nature, you scary!

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  25. arent lion fish poisonous? also they make cool pets for saltwater aquariums

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  26. It makes sense but it is kind of sad. Those fish are soo pretty!

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  27. Damn, poor lionfish, nobody likes to get eaten.

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  28. never tried tigerfish...must be yummy :D

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  29. Always the same problem when you're hunting down the predators. It's like with elk in the forests.

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  30. Visit: http://marvelcomicuniverse.blogspot.com/

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  31. let the carnage begins!

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  32. Well from the picture, it looks like the plan is working.

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  33. @Aaron M. Gipson: Oh god, those fish have venomous spines? That's horrifying, that's why nobody eat them then.

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  34. That's pretty interesting stuff, leave it to humanity right?

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  35. :( why cant the human population eat those fish?

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  36. Personally, I love the taste of lionfish.

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  37. Anyone else hear the Jaws theme playing while reading this?

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  38. Well we screwed up now were makng the sharks do the work for us :D

    win win situation

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  39. Humans are constantly messing with the balance of nature one way or another. Where will it end?!

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  40. I'm terrified of open water. Funny looking fish like these are the reason.

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  41. shars-are-absolutely-amazing.

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  42. This is a really innovative idea for an ecological problem. Where i live our invasive species have no known predators and are running wild :(

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  43. Dude that's so weird. Messing with the ecology? Can't be good...

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  44. Not going to lie... I want to eat a lionfish.

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  45. Of course, our shark brothers have to pick up our slack. Sorry bros, we promise you another street sharks cartoon in the future.

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