Scorpionfish

I have two unusual pictures for you today from my recent vacation.  I love to scuba dive and try to do it every chance I get, but I don’t post many underwater photos.  During the trip, I got a chance to dive in St. Kitts and St. Lucia.  Both locations were great, but I preferred the diving in St. Lucia.  That being said, I captured two unique photos from my St. Kitts dives.  I got photos of two different types of Scorpionfish. 

I don’t know the specific name of this type of Scorpionfish.  They are extremely hard to find because they sit on the bottom or in coral for hours without moving.  They hide very well waiting for fish to swim by for them to eat.  I actually didn’t see this one, the dive guide pointed it out to me.  They are extremely dangerous if you touch them due to the poison they have on them.  They are not aggressive so you can get close to look at them, but you don’t want to touch them. 

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The second one is a Lionfish, which is also from the Scorpionfish family.  Unfortunately, this type of fish isn’t supposed to be in the Caribbean, but it’s becoming a very common thing.  These fish have been released into the Caribbean from individuals who had them in their fish tanks.  The Lionfish has no natural enemy in this area and they kill a massive amount of other fish.  They are spreading like crazy and hurt the normal caribbean fish to the point they are going to threaten the natural order of things.

Lionfish - part of the Scorpionfish family

Lionfish - part of the Scorpionfish family

Here are two link to a few past diving photos in my blog:

Dolphin

Cave Diving

I also posted a few Great White Shark pictures in the past in my Picture Gallery