Trained Sharks Eating Invasive Lionfish

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    This unbelievable picture was snapped in Honduras where local dive masters are training sharks to get a taste for invasive lionfish that are causing havoc in local waters. If this were not from National Geographic, I would cry 'foul.' Amazing.

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    Photo Credit: National Geographic

    "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."

    Full article and great pics here:
    Pictures: Sharks Taught to Hunt Alien Lionfish
     
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  3. Dingo

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    wow this is actually very interesting!

    So I know that lionfish are poisonous but I am not sure how their toxin works. How doesnt it hurt the sharks? Anyone wanna chime in
     
  4. Renee@LionfishLair

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    Lions aren't poisonous, they're venomous. A lot of fish eat lions.
     
  5. BoBo65

    BoBo65 Torch Coral

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    that is so AWESOME!!!! haha that pic looks surreal, I do want to taste some lion fish lol maybe I can go spear fishing when I finally get to go diving :D
     
  6. haloist

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    Well, lionfish don't have a lot of natural predators, hence the reason for their bloom. But, fish like groupers, triggers, and sharks can eat lionfishes. They're venomous, but I'm sure if you're hungry enough, you eat what you can find that doesn't kill you. Reports of seeing the lionfish being eaten in the wild are pretty uncommon, but it happens.
     
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  9. Renee@LionfishLair

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    When I say lions, I mean ALL lions. Volitans (the invasive species) don't have many natural predators. But the smaller lions are good eatin' size and are indeed eaten by a variety of larger fish. I was just pointing out many fish eat lions and survive, it's not shark specific.
     
  10. ezz1r

    ezz1r Feather Star

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    South Florida should take heed they are invading the east coast waters as well.



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  11. Kllrfsh

    Kllrfsh Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    South Florida has a whole different predator in mind for the lionfish invasion... YOU! Boil em, bake em, stick em in a stew...

    [​IMG][​IMG]A Cookbook Is The Latest Weapon In Fight Against Lionfish Invasion : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

    Actually a pretty inventive idea, I just wonder how they REALLY taste...

    And that picture of the shark is FANTASTIC! I'm guessing that's why the Nat Geo photographers work for Nat Geo.
     
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  12. jbraslins

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