Lionfish are known for their incredibly venomous spines. Though usually not fatal to humans, they definitely hurt more than your average bee sting. But what’s the breakdown of their poison and how it benefits the lionfish? You’re about to find out.

The poison of the lionfish is about equal to the venom of a cobra. The poison comes from the lionfish’s spines, where when it makes contact with another living thing, like a predatory fish or in some cases, a human, the poison kind of injects into it. Also, lionfish are not aggressive, they really only lash out when they feel they are in danger, like many other sea creatures. But still, stay away from them, because they are still very dangerous. If you happen to get stung by one, remove any parts of the spine stuck to you, if any, and seek immediate medical attention.

Many people assume that lionfish use their venomous spines to hunt and eat their prey. Actually, they don’t! Lionfish use their large pectoral (or side) fins to trap their prey and then lunge to swallow them whole. The only time lionfish use their spines and venom is to protect themselves from predators or an unsuspecting human.

Female lionfish can lay up to 2 million eggs per year. This doesn’t help the fact that lionfish are invasive in many waters around Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. People have started to take action because lionfish are hurting the environment. Many people fish for lionfish, and their are also competitions, mainly in Florida, that are focused on catching lionfish to help the environment. Wear all the lionfish that are caught goes, I’m not sure. Maybe some are donated to local restaurants. That’s right, lionfish can be eaten, if prepared right. I’ve heard it’s quite good, too. Though honestly, I’m not going to risk my life for good flavor, because if prepared wrong, you will die from the venom.

Lionfish are really unique creatures but can also hurt the environment and the people who thrive off of it. To learn more about the conservation acts being made to protect places from invasive lionfish, go to This also has ways that you can help out too! Thanks for reading!

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