For the first time in many years, I did not snorkel on a recent Caribbean holiday. My wife and and I have snorkelled in Mexico, The Caymen Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Florida, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, St. Marten, St. Lucia, Aruba and Bonaire. Two weeks ago, the whole family visited Cozumel and while I spent most of my time birdwatching and trying to get over the 400 life-birds mark, everyone else went snorkelling. My wife, my daughters, and my sons-in-law all did it, and even my two oldest grandchildren were given a bit of an introduction to it. I went for one short swim close to shore. Today I was looking at The Guardian newspaper website, from England, and the saw the picture above (bottom one) of Lionfish. The top Lionfish photo is a Wikipedia shot. As I read about Lionfish and there invasion of the Caribbean and eastern U.S. waters, I found myself wishing I had gone snorkelling after all. Frankly, watching schools of spectacularly-shaped and colourful fish, up close, is as thrilling as birdwatching. I would really like to have had a Lionfish moment - not to the point where one would sting me, however. The Lionfish is native to the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, but now has the distinction of being the first non-native marine fish to establish a self-sustaining population along the U.S. Eastern seaboard, and in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. It was first reported in the mid-1980s along the Florida coast, but didn't become numerous until 2000. In its new locales, it has no natural predators and is disrupting natural ecosystems and is decimating stocks of over-fished species. Its fins give it the appearance of having a lion's mane, hence its name. It's venomous sting is painful to humans, but not fatal. I could find one in an aquarium, but I'm rather anti-aquarium, in the same way I'm against zoos. I'd rather see creatures in the wild. Please comment if you wish.