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The Latest Hope for Fighting Caribbean Lionfish?

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It's Caribbean reef sharks, and the desire that they'll start to hunt the invasive lionfish on their own without human help. Underwater photographer Simon Morley was diving at Split Rock, a shark hangout in Grand Cayman's East End, and snapped a picture right when a lionfish swam by and was snatched up into a reef shark's jaws right before his eyes. Several sharks then tussled over the catch, and as Morley told local news station Cayman 27, the behaviors he witnessed had no human interference at all. "From what I saw of the lionfish, it wasn't injured or in distress or anything like that. It appeared to be perfectly healthy, so from the looks of it, the sharks were in and actively hunting and pursuing the lionfish."...

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