Lionfish species proved to be dangerous to ocean wildlife

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  Have you ever came across an animal that can just ruin your whole day?  There are many dangerous species in the world. There is one particular type of  species that is harming the ocean ecosystems: the lionfish. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea. Lionfish are not native in the Western Atlantic Basin, which includes the Western Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, or the Mediterranean Sea where they are considered an invasive species. These animals are eating up everything along the seafloor.

  The lionfish has no known predators. The females release a lot of eggs on the ocean floor while the males come from behind, fertilizing them. These animals are dangerous to a lot of living things in the ocean.      

  Lionfish have 18 venomous spines that are capable of penetrating human skin and delivering a very painful sting, most of which are on the back of the fish. If stung, immediate assistance should be in place. This species could eat anything half of its body length or smaller. Even though there are dangerous in the water, they can be eaten by humans. This animal is not poisonous to eat. People are asking on site to kill this animal. If a person cannot kill them, try to stay a far distance from pain giving animal or they will strike!!!

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My name is Naya Fulton. I am a junior and I currently attend Atlantic High School. I love to cheer, play softball, and participate in the junior rotc program. My favorite subject is marine science. I love animals that live underwater. I am the last of three children and the only girl. plans for college is to study marine biology then enter the military. I can sing and dance. I'm also good with speech. Lastly fashion is my passion.

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