The lionfish are native in the South and Pacific Ocean, but live in the coral reefs of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Because of the problems the fish bring with them, people are trying to get rid of these fish, and take them back to where they belong. Years of killing these fish to get them out has endangered their species, and there are still lionfish destroying coral reefs. This is a difficult situation since it is almost impossible to get all the lionfish back where they came from without killing them, or taking an impossibly long journey, with all the fish, which probably will not survive. It’s a problem of endangering the lionfish species or endangering all the native fish that live in those coral reefs.
This beautiful fish should be only looked at from a distance. Not many deaths come from the lionfish, but the fish can cause some serious pain if you were to get stung by one. Some side effects could be, swelling, redness, sweating, tingling, and muscle weakness. This is without having an allergic reaction, if you are allergic to the venom and you get stung, you could go into shock, suffer from shortness of breath, and get a fever. Do not try to get close to this fish if you see it in the wild and get photos from a distance. If you want to see a lionfish up close, you can go to an aquarium. Many aquariums house the invasive lionfish instead of killing them. It’s safe and the fish don’t have to be removed or killed.