It is widely assumed that lionfish were introduced to Caribbean waters by aquarium hobbyists, and in the short amount of time they’ve been here the population has exploded.
Lionfish have no natural predators in the Caribbean, as I said in my previous blog, so divers have been discovering ways to try and level out the playing field for other Caribbean fish. The latest part of this research includes feeding local shark populations wounded lionfish to develop the sharks’ taste for the foreign species.
Life Cycle Facts:
- Female lionfish release between 2000-15000 eggs which are fertilized by male lionfish that accompany them.
- A single adult female can lay as many as 30000 eggs every 4 days!
- Eggs hatch in just two days
- Breed every 55 days
- Live for 15 years
- Over 2 million eggs per year per female