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Erin Spencer is a National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee and an undergraduate student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her research focuses on local responses to invasive lionfish in the Florida Keys, mainly highlighting individuals who are developing unique ways to address the lionfish problem. Previously, she interned in the National Geographic Digital Media Travel department.

The Truth About Getting Stung by a Lionfish

“It won’t kill you, but it’ll make you wish you were dead”. That’s how diving instructor Mike Ryan described a lionfish sting as he briefed a boat full of people before an afternoon dive.

Top 5 Myths About Lionfish

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the lionfish invasion in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. With the invasion being a relatively new phenomenon (at least to most people), there’s bound to be some misinformation flying around. Here are the top five misconception about lionfish and the facts behind them.

Lionfish: Gotta Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em

Big problems call for big solutions, and there has been a lot of talk recently about how to address the big problem of invasive lionfish in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. The answer is simple. Eat them.

The Hunt for Invasive Lionfish Begins

Invasive lionfish are one of the biggest threats to the Florida Keys reef ecosystem today. However, locals are taking matters into their own hands in new and innovative ways.