Invasive Species: Red Lionfish Invasive species is defined as “a non-native species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human, animal, or plant health.” The Red Lionfish is in fact an invasive species since 1992 after hurricane Andrews that hit the Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The Pterois volitans (Red Lionfish) is Greek and Latin for feathered or winged (Pterois=Greek) and flying or hovering (volitans=Latin). This description fits it well since it looks like it has wings on either side of the fish and appears to be flying in the water when it swims. It is in the class of Actinpterygii (ray-finned fishes), the order of Scorpaeniformes (scorpion fishes and sculpins), and the family of Scorpaenidae (firefishes, goblinfishes, rockfishes, and scorpionfishes). The Red Lionfish has an unmistakable red/maroon/brown and white vertical striped coloration covering its body from anterior to posterior. The Red Lionfish is also covered in cycloid scales that are flat thin and round in shape which are similar to trout. Lionfish are venomous with up to 18 spines used for a defense mechanism against daring/curious on-lookers and predators. The venom cannot seriously harm a human minus vomiting, headaches, or respiratory problems, but can stun or kill other fish. They also have two sets of fleshy tentacles; one set above the eyes and another under the mouth. These are used like a lure to draw prey closer in for feeding. They can live up to 10 years and can grow up to 18.5 inches in lengths as adults (more commonly 12 inches) and as small as 1 inch as juveniles. The Red Lionfish is natively found in the Indo-Pacific region, but have currently been located in the warm waters of the Atlantic Coast lines and the Caribbean of the United States of America. Like stated before, the Red Lionfish is native to the corals and covered areas of the Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from the East side of Africa to the Hawaii area (good majority of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean entirely). There are two stories in how the Red Lionfish came to the United States. First, in 1992 it is believed when hurricane Andrews hit the Caribbean, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico; the aquariums along the coasts were destroyed and releasing a very common marine aquarium fish (Lionfish) into the ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Second, it is also believed that the Gulf Stream assisted them from the Indo Pacific region to the United States. Both stories are believable, but neither can be proven to be the true reason; I’m sure that both are good factors to blame. Since then this highly reproductive and non-prey fish has been flourishing in the South and East coasts of the United States of America and has been established in these areas since the mid 2000’s. The Red Lionfish is typically found in warm marine waters of the tropics, but have been spotted as far Northeast as New York in cooler waters. They prefer to live around/in rocky, coral, or grassy covered areas for protection and preying on fish and shrimp in the area. The Red Lionfish are typically nocturnal predators on fish, crab, and shrimp. They have been found with full specimens inside its stomach; indicating that the Red Lionfish swallows its prey whole and have been known to consume up to 30 times their stomach size. They are typically slow moving fish, but when tempted it has lightning fast reflexes to defend itself or capture prey. In the day times it is usually found in the shadows of the rocks, coral, or grass covered areas to give it a better chance of survival by camouflaging into its surroundings. The Red Lionfish reproduces sexually; and can reproduce as soon as a year after birth. They can also reproduce once every four days. The male can release its sperm up to 6-8 females at a time and then the females will release 2,000-15,000 fertilized eggs at one time. A female can release up to 2 million eggs per year. This provides
the northwest and Colombia to the southeast of the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The Capital of Panama is Panama City. Panama forms a natural isthmian bridge, and it joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The country Panama is 100% tropical. The temperature over there is around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead of four seasons, which we have here in the United States, Panama only has two. There is a really dry season that falls between the months of December…
remains a symbol of power and perseverance that brought courage and hope to the world during the dark days of the Depression. Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, through which she wrote her best-selling books about her life experiences. Amelia rests today as the adventurous spirit that is so essential to the womankind persona.
Born in Atchison, Kansas in the home of her…
Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is an undefined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The first written boundaries date from a 1964 issue of pulp magazine Argosy, triangle’s three vertices are in Miami, Florida peninsula; in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and in the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda. But subsequent writers didn't follow this definition. Every writer gives different…
executed a security agreement and financing statement in favor of World Wide. The agreement, which was filed with the Minnesota secretary of state, stated that “all of the property listed on Exhibit A (equipment, furniture, and fixtures) together with any property of the debtor acquired after” the agreement was executed was collateral.
One and one-half years later, State Bank (Bank) loaned money to Metropolitan, which executed a security agreement and financing statement in favor of Bank. Bank filed the…
father, Stephen Armstrong worked as an auditor. From him Neil became for the Ohio State Government. The family lived in several communities like: Warren, Ravenna, Jefferson, Upper Sandusky and St. Mary's before the family decided to settle in Wapakoneta, which was Neil’s birthplace.
Neil Armstrong did a variety of difficult and dangerous things in his time as a test pilot and astronaut. By age 16, Armstrong had a student pilot's license, even before ghe got his driver's license. Armstrong's call-up…
square miles of water. The country touches 3 oceans—the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the Pacific—and its coastline is 151,473 miles long. Canada's border with the United States is 5,526 miles in length and includes a 1,539-mile border with Alaska.
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with a partner or in groups. This assignment will be due the first day of school and will be graded on correct format and information.
All Written assignments must be typed with the following heading:
1. Reading Activity
You will have to read several chapters from the book A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage. For each chapter:
You are to write a summary that clearly explains the chapter. Include timeframe and civilizations…
FOCUS during the Renaissance
• Growth of towns and trade
• Growth of monarchies
FOCUS during the Medieval Period
• Feudal system
• Religion dominates (Catholic Church)
• Focus on survival
• Comes from the Latin word that means rebirth or revival
• a rebirth of Greek and Roman Culture that took place in Western Europe between 1300’s and 1600 CE…
empires an ocean away from their homelands?
• Europeans were much closer to the Americas than were their potential Asian competitors.
• Europeans were powerfully motivated after 1200 to gain access to the world of Eurasian commerce.
• Groups within European society—including competing monarchs, merchants, impoverished nobles and commoners, Christian missionaries, and persecuted minorities—all had strong, if different, motivations for participating in empire building.
• European states and trading…
Most Americans acknowledge the fact that the Challenger disaster was reasonably one of the most important events in terms of its meaning on the United States of America space and aeronautic program, but also in the whole history of space flight. It was on the freezing cold morning tide of Jan 28th, in the year of 1986, when 7 cosmonauts aboard Challenger lost their lives live in front of millions of TV spectators. The shuttle tore up just a minute and 13 seconds after taking off, consuming more…