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Published on Apr 21, 2013
They are the environmental equivalent of the Mongol hordes. A species introduced by pet owners who released their pets into the wild. They are lionfish. They breed incredibly fast, producing over a million eggs a year. They eat anything that will fit down their mouths, wiping out entire populations of juvenile reef fish wherever they go. Their venomous spines ensure that they have no predators to keep their numbers in check. They can live anywhere from 1500 feet deep to three inches, so almost no species of fish is safe. In less than ten years this oceanic army populated the entire Caribbean and is sweeping the reefs clean of other fish. Even tiny, remote Bermuda has not escaped the Blitzkrieg. But the Bermudians are fighting back in a hard and desperate battle to save their pristine reefs.