In this image released by Oregon State University, a lionfish swims off Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, in July 2007. The lionfish, a vibrantly colored spiny and venomous predator from the western Pacific, is rapidly spreading in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region. "This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history," said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecology expert who compared lionfish to a plague of locusts.


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