Lionfish are a problem. They’ve been a problem in the Western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico for at least 40 years. They’re a problem because, as an invasive species with no natural predators and voracious appetites, their population has boomed, and native species have suffered.
Bioengineers at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland, have discovered that limpets, a marine mollusk with a shallow conical shell, are able to remodel their shells when damaged.
Lionfish are venomous, fast-reproducing fish that have spread along the eastern Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico, and pose a major threat to Florida’s native species and ecosystems.
Hawaii is known for great beaches, beautiful water and lots of marine life, but the coral reefs around Hawaii are suffering from a killer all their own: tropical invasive algae, one of the most invasive species in the oceans today.