Lionfish invasion comes to Mediterranean

Lionfish have managed to establish themselves in the ocean waters from Florida to South America and much of the Gulf of Mexico since they were released (accidentally or purposelLionfishy) into these waters – far outside their native western Pacific range – and have become a dominate predator.

The Mediterranean has seen an occasion lionfish spotting but not the like the fast spread in the Atlantic and Gulf; one was spotted in Israel in 1991, but the next time was in in 2012 when two were captured off Lebanon. Some scientists had thought that even if the fish made their way into the Mediterranean its cold waters would inhibit them settling there. However a new study finds that lionfish are now along nearly the entire southeastern coast of Cyprus, and they’re exhibiting mating behaviors.

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