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Lionfish

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About the Lionfish

Lionfish are also known as firefish. They live near coral reefs in the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea. Young often leave their home coral reefs to find a new habitat. This explains the wide distribution of the lionfish species.

You can easily recognize lionfish by their special coloration and the fan-shaped pectoral fins and rays on fins and backs. Some of these rays are hard spines that contain glands with venom. Although this poison is not deadly for humans, it can lead to severe physical reactions. Since the injected toxin reacts to temperature, immersion of the affected area in hot water helps to neutralize it.

At nightfall it is possible in nature to find large groups of lionfish in search of food. Discover during your visit what their favorite prey is!