lionfish

The Lionfish is a beautiful creature, but it just doesn't belong here in the Caribbean.

The Lionfish is native to the tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is thought that this popular aquarium fish was accidentally introduced to the Atlantic off the U.S. eastern seaboard in the 1990s. Since then it has expanded its range south to include virtually the entire Caribbean Ocean.

A problem for the coral reef
But the lionfish has no natural predators on this side of the planet, and that's the problem. In some areas they have altered whole reef ecosystems by preying on the larvae and juveniles of the various local species.

In order to maintain a healthy ecological balance, it is necessary for the Lionfish to have predators. Something that eats them. That's where la Perlita comes in, and it turns out that being an apex preditor is a pretty fine thing because Lionfish is good eating. The meat is firm, white, and flakey. Those sharks and eels out on the reef really don't know what they're missing.

Take your place at the top of the food chain
Choose one of the tasty Lionfish specialties from the menu, and take a minute to realize that you are doing very nice thing for the local coral reefs. Then, just enjoy your meal, because Lionfish is not just pretty good. It's really good!