Since my homecoming to the Caribbean, I’ve found myself experiencing an inner conflict whenever I see a lionfish. On one hand, I feel a responsibility as an able conservation partner to help control an invasive species that is so destructive; on the other hand I feel for the lionfish. The malice is gone and all that is left is grief knowing such a stunning example of nature is in such a terrible position thanks to the ignorance of humans.
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Ask anyone what they are afraid of when they enter the ocean, and thanks to Steven Spielberg and Discovery Channel, many people have the same answer… sharks. Now ask someone who has been in the water with sharks what they would most like to see when they enter the ocean, and I can assure you many, maybe 9/10 of them, will have the same answer… sharks. So what’s the deal with the disparity?