Lion Fish

Lion FIsh on the Reef Near Xcalak

Lion Fish on the Reef Near Xcalak, Now in My Freezer

Just off the beach at Casa del Sol there lurks an unwanted predator: A reef invader the Lion Fish. The LionFish is known for their venomous spines making  them a hazard to divers and fisherman. Of even more concern is that they are voracious consumers of native reef fish and have no know predators of their own. Because they breed year round and can lay thousands of eggs as often as once a  month it is feared that the beautiful Lion Fish can do serious damage to Caribbean reef ecosystems. Prized as a $200 plus aquarium fish it is believed they were accidentally or carelessly introduced into waters near Florida in the early to mid 1990s and have since spread across the Caribbean. There is no way to completely control them but efforts are being made to reduce their numbers. I know I have been doing my small part. As of yesterday I have five of these in my freezer. I expect by Christmas I may have enough for a small meal.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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