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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:37 PM
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Sharks Taught to Hunt Alien Lionfish


Photograph courtesy Antonio Busiello

Seemingly striking a blow for ecological balance, a Caribbean reef shark chomps on an invasive lionfish in the clear waters of Roatan Marine Park off the coast of Honduras.

Working with park officials, local divers are attempting to give sharks a taste for the alien reef species, which are native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans. With no natural predators, lionfish populations have exploded throughout the waters of the Caribbean and U.S. Southeast since their accidental introduction by aquarium hobbyists a decade ago.

In Honduras "local dive masters familiar with the sharks decided to try to turn them on to eating invasive lionfish," said photographer Antonio Busiello, who recently snapped images of the efforts during three months of diving on the site.

"If these predators start to see lionfish as prey, eventually, in time the lionfish may be kept under control as a part of the ecosystem. That was the idea."

Brian Handwerk

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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:38 PM
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1. They need to attach frickin' laser beams to their heads! n/t
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:45 PM
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2. I thought they were introduced when a hurricane destroyed a public aquarium.
The authorities are trying to get people to eat hunt and eat them also. Apparently they're rather similar to flounder and the only poison is in the tips of the fins which you would cut off anyway.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:58 PM
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3. kick for sharks
:loveya: sharks :loveya:
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:56 PM
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4. That's a great idea - hope it works. I've read of attempts to get people to eat them more,
but it does take a bit of practice to clean them apparently, and they're not that big. I've also read that a lot of dive operators kill them whenever they find them, but that's not particularly efficient (and takes some explaining to the tourists, I imagine)...
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