CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1992 |
The way June Kisiel tells it, she fell for the story hook, line and sinker. She says she believed it when she was told that the sad-faced little fish she was buying for her home aquarium was a finicky eater and a slow-motion swimmer. So finicky and slow, in fact, that it would only eat specially raised minnows fed to it by hand. As it turned out, the creature with zebra stripes and sunburst-like fins that the Burbank woman proudly added to the tank in her family room was anything but a pussycat.
May 6, 2013 |
In recent years, the Indo-Pacific lionfish - a dramatically striped, finned and armored aquarium fish - has invaded Atlantic and Caribbean coral reefs. It has been spotted off the Southeastern United States, throughout the Caribbean Sea, in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's now eating its way toward South America. What's to blame for this invasion? Most likely aquarium releases beginning in the early 1980s. And once introduced, lionfish took off. The fish has no known predator in the Atlantic.
August 16, 2008 |
A maroon-striped marauder with venomous spikes is rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region. The red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans that probably escaped from a Florida fish tank, is showing up everywhere -- from the coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola to Little Cayman's pristine Bloody Bay Wall.
April 17, 2011 |
As I plod toward the surf, I'm trying to channel a bit of orca because nothing in the ocean messes with Shamu. I just hope some do-gooder doesn't try to free me or toss me a mackerel. I plan to be underwater for 25 minutes, and I'm told the artificial blubber of the neoprene wet suit will be comforting. My wife, Terri, and I have hooked up with an outfitter for a swim with a twist — snuba — off the beach in Kaanapali, Maui. Think of it as scuba for dummies. Mask, fins, regulator, cool bubbles floating upward — the vast numbers of which indicate I need to slow my gaspiration rate — it's regular "Sea Hunt" stuff, and you don't need a license or certification.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1993 |
For Aurora Vallejos, learning about sea creatures like the lion-fish and spider crab was interesting enough in the classroom, but on a recent trip to the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, the first-grader found she likes the real thing even better. "I like to see them and touch them," Aurora said as she watched a brightly colored lion-fish gulp down a goldfish in an aquarium at the magnet school in Reseda.
March 10, 2013 |
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands - Sixty feet below the surface of the aquamarine western Atlantic, my 12-year-old daughter, Maddie, glided gently along the reef, her arms crossed in Buddha-like meditation. To the left, where the sea dropped off hundreds of feet, a black-tipped shark cruised ominously in the distance. A curious parrot fish, a school of yellow-striped grunts and a bug-eyed squirrel fish swam an arm's length away, perhaps hoping for a handout from our group of six divers and our guide.