On Bonaire, Hunting the Ocean-Killing Lionfish
Author: Carolyne Zinko
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2013
The lionfish brought out the sniper in me.
Fifty feet down in the turquoise waters off Bonaire, I was lying in wait, ready to take out an exotic enemy whose sin was having stumbled into the wrong side of the world. When the spiny scoundrel poked up from behind some coral, it wasn't clear whether it had spotted me and the weapon in my hand, built specifically to end its life, so I took aim.
Missing was not an option. The ocean couldn't afford failure.
The prey was the lionfish, a species native to the Pacific Ocean that since the 1990s has spread - probably released in the Atlantic by an aquarium owner who didn't know better - from Florida, up the Eastern seaboard, down through the Caribbean and toward Brazil.
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