There have been reported sightings of this venomous fish in the UK waters
The lionfish has around foot-long spines that are filled with very potent venom. In addition, the lionfish has fins shaped like fans, and they rapidly move through the water by waving their fins.
Furthermore, lionfish have floating tentacles that give them a soft appearance. However, one must not be deceived by the beautiful looks of this deadly fish.
These specific species of fish are native to the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Also, variants of the lionfish species are common in the waters of Australia, South Korea, and Japan.
Lionfish is a voracious eater that preys on smaller fishes and shrimp. Their venom-filled spines have enough toxins to paralyse and kill human beings.
If a lionfish attacks a human, its toxins can cause severe pain, sweating, respiratory issues, and paralysis in extreme cases.
Recently, a Welsh angler landed a lionfish off the coast of Dorset. This is the first-ever sighting of lionfish in the UK waters.
Afron Summers, 39, was fishing with his 75-year old father on the Chesil Beach in Dorest in the hopes of landing a triggerfish. Instead, however, the fisher was startled to see that he had caught a venomous lionfish.
The lionfish had thirteen venomous spines and had colourful stripes. However, as the lionfish is an invasive species in the UK waters, Afron did not let the fish go as it might endanger other living species in the ocean.
Experts are working to figure out the reasons why these predatory fish have invaded the oceans in the UK.
A representative from the Angling Trust’s South West branch issued a warning to all the enthusiastic fishers and anglers to be very careful and told them to be on the lookout for the next few weeks.
Perhaps of more immediate concern is the catastrophic impact Lionfish can have on fragile marine ecosystems. Being voracious predators and capable of reproducing rapidly, they could decimate native fish populations.
Author: Angling Times
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