Portrait of a Killer

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Gwen Crowther

As a recent invasive species to the Caribbean, the Lionfish, has formed a love-hate relationship with those who venture into the Sea. Their beauty is unmatched as they display exotic tiger stripping and stunning fans of delicate, toxic spins that deter potential predators. However lovely a site, they are decimating the numbers of native reef fish, as their young are the lionfish’s favourite meal. Thus, many nations have turned to hunting lionfish. Taken off Grand Cayman, this lionfish is one such victim. Seconds after this image was captured, she was no more.

Location: Babylon, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

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