Bimini -- this Lionfish was spotted on the deck of a wreck in Bimini. Actually, it is the same one Karen is taking a picture of in another image in this gallery. Typically, divers don't like Lionfish for a good number of reasons. First, they are an invasive fish to the Caribbean with no known predators to help keep them in check. They have an enormous appetite and eat the small reef fish that divers love, diminishing those populations. Secondly, all of those beautiful feather like appendages have very sharp spikes on them that inject a very painful venom.
Lionfish derbies are held by divers to capture Lionfish to try and help keep their numbers down. Restaurants have started to offer Lionfish on the menu to drive up demand for the fish in an effort to also help balance the ecosystem.
With all that said however, I always find them an interesting and beautiful photographic subject. Each encounter, I try to get closer and closer without getting too close.
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