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Lionfish Population is Exploding in the Gulf Just Two Years After They First Arrived


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Author: Ben Raines

Source: AL.com/Press-Register

July 22, 2012

"A small fish nestled among swaying stalks of sea whip coral about 11 miles off the Alabama coast may be poised to shift the balance of life in the Gulf of Mexico.

While it has been less than two years since scuba diver Lawren McCaghren made the first confirmed sighting of a lionfish off Alabama, the animals are now so common that McCaghren said he routinely sees 50 or 60 during a single dive on local reefs.

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