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2008-08-15 09:30:00

A red lionfish is quickly multiplying in the warm waters of the Caribbean, wreaking havoc on the ecologically delicate area.  The lionfish, an 18-inch maroon-striped marauder with venomous spikes, is stinging divers and swallowing native species from the coasts of Cuba to Little Cayman's unspoiled Bloody Bay Wall. The area is one of the region's prime destinations for divers.    The red lionfish, a white creature with maroon stripes, is a tropical native of the Indian and...

2008-08-15 00:00:20

By David McFadden WIDENING WOE IN WATER Invasive fish is big-time bad news for sensitive region A maroon-striped marauder with venomous spikes is rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region. The red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans that probably escaped from a Florida fish tank, is showing up everywhere - from the coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola...

2008-08-14 21:00:17

By David McFadden SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A maroon-striped marauder with venomous spikes is rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species and stinging divers in an ecologically delicate region. The red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans that probably escaped from a Florida fish tank, is showing up everywhere - from the coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola to Little Cayman's pristine Bloody Bay Wall, one of the region's prime destinations...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

Marine species show dismal survival rates when the predatory lionfish swim into their ecosystem, an Oregon State University study indicates. The study found when lionfish entered an area, survival rates other reef fishes fell by about 80 percent, ScienceDaily.com reported. The loss of some herbivorous fish permits seaweed potentially to overwhelm coral reefs and disrupt their ecological balance, scientists said. The study is the first to quantify the severity of the problems presented...

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2008-07-18 10:05:00

The invasion of predatory lionfish in the Caribbean region poses yet another major threat there to coral reef ecosystems "“ a new study has found that within a short period after the entry of lionfish into an area, the survival of other reef fishes is slashed by about 80 percent. Aside from the rapid and immediate mortality of marine life, the loss of herbivorous fish also sets the stage for seaweeds to potentially overwhelm the coral reefs and disrupt the delicate ecological balance in...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.