Friday, January 23, 2009

The Lion Fish and its Threat to our Coral Reef

Ambergris Today was the first media to break the story about the dangerous Lionfish and its trek from the United States to the Caribbean back in September of last year. And a couple weeks ago we published the reports of the first sighting of the “Reef Killer” in Belizean waters, particularly at the Turneffe Atoll.

Today we have another reported sighting at the Glover’s Reef Atoll. “We are sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but we just received a confirmed report of a lionfish sighting at Glovers,” stated the email we received here at Ambergris Today.

The Lionfish was sighted by Kitty Luk from Isla Marisol at a dive site called Midway, half way between Southwest Caye and Middle Caye on the east side of Glovers. The fish was 5-6 inches long and was sighted just at the drop off at about 50 feet. According to Kitty her efforts to capture the Lion Fish were unsuccessful and it is still somewhere out there.
This is the third reported sighting of Lionfish in Belize. In late December the Sun Dancer liveaboard sighted and photographed a Lionfish at Turneffe Atoll. Read more about the dangerous Lionfish and its threat to our coral reef at

Lionfish AP Report

Lion Fish Hunting

Coral Fish Attack Lionfish

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