A fisherman carries box of lionfish, a predatory venomous fish native to the nearby Red Sea and the Indo-Pacific, in Sarafand, Lebanon June 20, 2019. Picture taken June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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What is abundant, however, are lionfish -- a predatory venomous fish native to the Red Sea, and Indo-Pacific region that eat smaller fish, crustaceans and even each other.Environmentalists and marine biologists say because of the 2015 expansion and deepening of the Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, and warming waters resulting from global climate change, lionfish have made a new home for themselves in the Mediterranean. The rapid expansion of the lionfish is also being felt more widely, threatening coral reefs and fish stocks.The fish, with venomous, winglike fins and spines, was first sighted in the Mediterranean in 1991, then not again until 2012 off the coast of southern Lebanon.The invasive fish spawn every four days and can lay up to 2 million eggs every year capable of surviving ocean drifts.
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