Cyprus invaded by poisonous fish lionfish – be careful!

Fish lionfish.
Fish lionfish.

A government official has warned beachgoers and fishermen about the danger of the invasion of Cyprus in the coastal waters of a large number of fish krylatok.

Speaking on state radio this morning, Savvas Michaelides, is a researcher at the Department of the country's fisheries and marine sector, said, that the fish itself rarely causes death, but people need to be cautious, especially allergy sufferers.

The common name of the fish - lionfish (lionfish), also it is known as a fiery fish-devil. It is a species of ray-finned fish, living mainly in the western part of the Indo-Pacific region. According to marine biologists, fin spines are very poisonous and can even cause death in humans, especially loose or allergic.

Despite the danger, Michaelides urged members of the public “do not panic”:

“This particular type of fish in the water invaded Cyprus, and people need to bear this in mind. Fish is not fatal, as such, but we must be careful, especially one of the most vulnerable people, as children, the elderly and people with allergies. However, there is no reason to panic”.

“Prick of this fish can cause pain, headaches and vomiting. they, who suffer from allergies, They can also get more painful reaction, and so they should be especially cautious and, возможно, consult a doctor in advance. But people also need to know, it is not so easy, eg, stepping on the fish, She is not aggressive and is constantly in motion. Fishermen also need to be careful, especially if they happen to catch the fish”.

Lionfish are mainly nocturnal and daytime, usually, hiding in crevices. It feeds on fish and small crustaceans. She has very few predators enemies, who on her attack, probably, due to its poisonous spines, but more large lionfish can do mining their smaller relatives.

The distribution area of ​​the lionfish is an Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea, to the coast of South Africa and Indonesia, It was also recently reported the appearance of the fish in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Cyprus. This fish is usually found in areas with a cleft or lagoons, often on the outer slopes of coral reefs.

“We get reports of people, seeing the fish every day. We conduct monitoring of the situation, and seeing an increase in the number of lionfish around Cyprus”.

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