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Snorkeler discovers Lion Fish in Jupiter Inlet

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX)-- We told you last month how fishermen in 2 separate occasions spotted lion fish off the coast of Palm Beach County.

Now, a snorkeler spotted two, up close and personal in the Jupiter inlet.

Recreational diver Brett Johnson made the discovery Tuesday.

He saw two Lion fish in about 12 feet of water just off Dubois Park in Jupiter by a rock wall.

One of them was pregnant. His friend caught that one and is keeping it alive to give to the proper authorities.

The predatory fish are not native to the Atlantic and are known to destroy whatever is in their path, including smaller native fish.

Besides being eco-system destroyers, these fish are also poisonous to humans.

"With the amount of kids that are right there swimming along the estuary, it's a big concern. Anyone can step on the fish. Because they are toxic, they'll make you convulse and vomit," said Johnson.

And making matters worse, experts say, the Lion fish are also not afraid of human.

Lion fish are native to the Pacific and Indian oceans and once were in the top 10 imported fish list for aquariums.

Clearly many people have let them out in the ocean.

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