The coral reefs of the Riviera Maya are being overrun with a voracious eating machine known as the Lionfish. Its original home is the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The most plausible explanation as to how it originated in these waters points to Miami during hurricane Andrew. It is believed that an aquarium which contained this venomous and invasive fish spilled its contents into Biscayne Bay in 1992.
Since then it has slowly made its way to the Riviera Maya. The reason why the Lionfish is a threat to our waters is twofold. First, it has an appetite for small coral reef fish and most importantly it does not have any natural enemies in our waters.