|Chris on the hunt near Compass Cay, Exumas|
Chris loves catching dinner while snorkeling here in the Bahamas, and we’ve had lots of tasty critters. We’ve got a new favorite now: lion fish. The lion fish is an exotic species here. Originating in the Indo-Pacific, these fish are popular for aquariums. It’s proposed that an escape from a Florida aquarium fish farm resulted in fast-growing populations of lion fish throughout Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. The bad news is: these fish are voracious and have no natural predators in these new habitats, and research has shown that they decrease the number of local fish tremendously. The good news is that they’re really tasty, and easy to catch. So Chris had been a happy predator on lion fish, and I’ve been a happy consumer of lion fish. They are beautiful (those spines are poisonous, though Chris hasn't gotten stuck yet), but you know, they just don’t belong here.