January 8 2016
We went lion fish hunting with Lumbadive. I mainly wanted to go diving again - my 5th dive! There were five of us that used tanks. Three others went along to snorkel. Tom carried the bucket for 1/2 the of the dive and then hunted for the rest. I had the bucket for a short period of time but it was heavy and I am still too new at diving to be handling a bucket filled with poison spined fish....in my humble opinion! I also felt I was still too new to diving to take my underwater camera along so no action pics this go around. I did help located lion fish and then banged on my dive tank with a metal stick to get the hunters attention. The visibility wasn't great but we still managed to get a decent size one and several small ones.
|Thunderball underwater battle scene|
Anyway....lion fish. So what's the big deal? Poisonous fins/spines! Can you see them? Seven in total that must be cut off. Basically everything but the tail.
|Lion fish (left) contents of it's stomach - another fish (right)|
I told you about them last year when Tom went Lion Fish Hunting. But I didn't realize just how big of an appetite they have. It's HUGE. The above little fish (right) was found inside the small lion fish (left). It's what....1/3+ the size of the lion fish and swallowed whole? Wow!
|Joanne cleaning up the big one|
|Lion Fish potluck - pic by Richard|