The inhabitant of the sea, the fish, the lionfish, immediately attracts attention because of the bright color. Despite the name, she can’t fly. It is nicknamed the fish because of the large pectoral fins, a bit like wings. Other names lionfish — Zebra fish or lion fish. First she got because of the wide grey, brown and red stripes that are located throughout the body, and the other required long fins that make her look like a predatory lion.
Is fish lionfish the family scorpaenidae. The body length reaches 30 cm and a weight of 1 kg. Colour is bright, which makes the lionfish visible even at great depths. The main decoration lionfish — long ribbon dorsal and pectoral fins, which resemble the lion’s mane. These luxurious fins lurk sharp poisonous needles that make the lionfish one of the most dangerous inmates of the seas.
Common lionfish in the tropical parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans off the coast of China, Japan and Australia. It lives mainly on coral reefs.
During the day lionfish usually sedentary. They hide in caves among rocks and corals, clinging tightly belly to the surface and exposing their prickly and poisonous fins. At dusk they go hunting. The main source of food are crabs, shrimp, mollusks and small fish.
Standing motionless, the ribbon like beam of colored algae. Fish, who decided to examine this beam, unexpectedly fall into the widely opened mouth of the lionfish.
The visible coloration of a lionfish is not endowed with reason. Thus, it warns: “don’t come near — poisonous fish”. Grooves in the spiny rays of the first dorsal fin placed the lionfish venom glands. Very often, novice divers interested in beautiful fish, I decide to touch it or hold it in your hands. There’s a man and gets a terrible shot with a considerable dose of poison.
Poisoning by venom of the lionfish is very hard: it is accompanied by cramps, disturbance of the heart. It happens that at the puncture site develops gangrene. The pain from a single thorn begins to subside only after a couple of hours and even felt after several days. But you can get deep shots several spines…
People when shot several spikes feels a sharp pain, which loses consciousness or falls into a state of shock. This is especially dangerous at depth, when a person loses control and is unable to rise to the surface. That is why injections lionfish can lead to death.
In view of the lionfish are quite pretty fish, but should be used with caution. Lionfish are very passive. That is why they never attack themselves. People often inadvertently or out of curiosity stumbles upon itself dangerous spikes. Finally, you should remember that even after the death of the fish, for a long time the poison remains in force. You will not suffer, if at all, will not touch this fish.