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Really Dumb Idea #247: Training sharks to eat dead lionfish

Below is a repost from the graduate student-written Under The C blog by Serena Hackerott.  Since the lionfish invasion hit the news, people have suggested that native predators will eat and control invasive lionfish. For more information check out our previous posts The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish and Who’s “Lyin’” about Lionfish?. But with current evidence suggesting […]

How to extract lionfish otoliths

Do you need to know how to get ear bones out of lionfish? Or are you just curious to know what the inside of a lionfish’s head looks like? Either way check out this film shot on location in Abaco, Bahamas featuring the crack lionfish catching team, Serena Hackerott and Katie Dubois. [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/67320381[/vimeo] Otoliths are teeny […]

From lionfish hunter to little miss marine biologist

From lionfish hunter to little miss marine biologist

Below is a guest post from Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. After 103 lionfish, 186 otoliths, 5 weeks of field work, and 3 weeks of lab work, I feel like I have become a “real Marine Biologist.” As the girl who has always loved the ocean and wanted to be a marine biologist […]

Lionfish: from the spear, to supper, to science

Lionfish: from the spear, to supper, to science

Below is a guest post by Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. This summer has been such an exciting adventure! I have gained invaluable research experience and have learned a lot about working in marine science. My project has been filled with surprises, adventures, challenges, and many important lessons. One of my favorite experiences […]

Lionfish: the true pirates of the Caribbean

Lionfish: the true pirates of the Caribbean

This is a guest post by Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. In the photo below, Serena is teaching me how to extract the tiny otoliths from a lionfish she captured.  Lionfish are the first marine fish to successfully invade the Caribbean. Lionfish are “piscivores”, or predatory fish that eat other fish, native to the […]