From the Philippines to Micronesia, lionfish are a common sight throughout the Indo-Pacific, where their delicate beauty and charismatic nature have made them firm favorites for divers and underwater photographers alike. There are ten species of lionfish, most of which originate in either the Indian or Pacific oceans. Although each species varies slightly in size, coloration and appearance, all of them have several characteristics in common. These include fan-like pectoral and dorsal fins, bodies adorned with bands of vivid color, and highly venomous spines. As is often the case in Nature, a lionfish’s mesmerizing beauty serves as a warning of…

They are a graceful, elegant fish that is reminiscent of lace floating in water. But that beauty doesn’t positively influence everything the lionfish comes near. Looking through another lens, the elegant lionfish is a predator causing havoc around the world. Recent accounts have been showing the vibrant example of grace in fish form all around the globe. This is not a good thing. In fact, the fish that seems so lovely is actually been deemed an invasive species in the Atlantic. Why? Their presence, as a non-native species, is intruding upon other species and causing detrimental affects to native organisms….