The lionfish (Pterois volitans) has been spreading at a rapid pace over the Caribbean Sea and the USA Atlantic Ocean’s coastline. The lionfish is originally from the Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea and has no natural enemies in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It reproduces quickly and in large numbers.
There are a few theories how lionfish ended up in the Caribbean Sea:
- The lionfish eggs were released by some aquariums in the Caribbean Sea, most likely in the Bahamas area, which failed to process aquarium water before releasing it into the ocean.
- The lionfish was released into the ocean by the owners of the exotic pets, since they are known as aquarium fish.
- During hurricane season, some of the aquariums got broken and the lionfish got away.
- The lionfish eggs were brought by some ocean liners ships.