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Old 06-21-2016, 07:47 AM
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:33 AM
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I thought part of the reason that the lionfish population was exploding so exponentially was that there were no predators. Would the grouper be harmed by consuming the lionfish?
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Originally Posted by ECKeys View Post
I thought part of the reason that the lionfish population was exploding so exponentially was that there were no predators. Would the grouper be harmed by consuming the lionfish?
From what I have read, Grouper are one of the only fish that eat them regularly, I have not read anything that says it harms them.
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Here is another artical, Note the author has changed his mind about Grouper eating Lionfish.
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[[Author’s note (August 5, 2013)… After starting to see photographic evidence of lionfish in grouper and JUST having had a personal conversation with a local spearfisherman in Aruba in which told me that he watched a black grouper hunt and eat an otherwise healthy and unbothered lionfish, I’m starting to believe that there is some truth here. Grouper MAY be eating more lionfish than we thought – though one recent study found that native fish species are having almost no effect on the total lionfish population. In other words, the findings seem to indicate that they are not eating enough lionfish to really make a difference.]]

http://lionfish.co/im-not-lyin-the-1...-myths-busted/
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Grouper have learned how to eat them. There are some cool videos out there on it.
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Looks like more a case of a Grouper that is used to being fed. In this case the food happens to be a Lionfish.
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Originally Posted by JMT34 View Post
Grouper have learned how to eat them. There are some cool videos out there on it.
Like this one! Talk about strategy.


Here is also a barracuda eating one.

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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Like this one! Talk about strategy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSn22wqJ5mA

Here is also a barracuda eating one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig6ZjmHAKHU
That's more like it!
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I've had ARS watch me hunting lionfish. They'd stay back a couple feet but as soon as I shoot the lionfish, they'd zoom in and grab them off the pole spear. Weird but cool (though also frustrating i couldn't send a shaft through the ARS)...
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Like this one! Talk about strategy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSn22wqJ5mA

Here is also a barracuda eating one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig6ZjmHAKHU
Notice how photogenic the barracuda is
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The Barracuda did not look too happy to me.
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Originally Posted by somethingfishy View Post
The Barracuda did not look too happy to me.
I've never seen one look happy or smell good.
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Lionfish.... the other white meat.
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Kind of like eating cactus!
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Good on the grouper and barracuda!

Now if we could find something native to eat the damn pythons...

After further thought, I think we should train pitbulls to kill the pythons.

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Just my luck I would catch the Grouper and be killed cleaning it and getting stabbed by the Lionfish.
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Originally Posted by somethingfishy View Post
The Barracuda did not look too happy to me.
To me it looked like it was having a really hard time choking down the lionfish.
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Originally Posted by Cuzmondo View Post
To me it looked like it was having a really hard time choking down the lionfish.
yep, but did you notice how the Grouper ate it? It was so fast I had to rewind it.
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I have had numerous mutton's and grouper's spit them up when they hit the deck. A NOAA biologist told me that more and more he was seeing them in the stomach's of bigger bottom fish. Nature usually learns to adapt.
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Have to wonder if the Grouper learn to eat the Lion Fish, will they end up with a toxicity that prevents us from eating them?

I'm thinking of the barracuda and ciguatera but applied differently of course.

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