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Barracuda devours a lionfish! A hopeful sign!

Because the invasive lionfish species has been having such a huge impact throughout Caribbean reef ecosystems, including on Glover’s Reef, we try to keep abreast any new developments that might give us reason to hope that someday they at least will be held in check, if not generally eradicated from the Caribbean reefs they invaded. This video, posted last week to YouTube by someone using the handle “michaelmillet,” shows a barracuda munching down on one unlucky lionfish after it had first been speared by a diver.  Perhaps this is a sign that the native species (barracuda) is gaining a taste for the invader (lionfish). This would be a welcome trend, adding a valuable new predator. Go barricuda!