"Terminator" fish worries scientists

August 14, 2014 6:27 PM

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"Terminator" fish worries scientists

Find­ings de­scribed as “alarm­ing” about the red li­on­fish, which came from the Pa­cif­ic Ocean, were pre­sented Aug. 14 at the an­nu­al meet­ing of the Ec­o­log­i­cal So­ci­e­ty of Amer­i­ca in Sac­ra­men­to.

Sci­en­tists say the fish’s At­lan­tic in­va­sion, be­lieved to have be­gun in the 1980s, now co­vers an ar­ea larg­er than the whole Un­ited States, dec­i­mat­ing na­tive fish in parts of the Car­ib­be­an and else­where. The poi­son­ous lion­fish spines can in­jure peo­ple as well.

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