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University of Central Florida.; National Sea Grant Program (U.S.); United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.; Tampa Bay National Estuary Program.
aquarium dumping, lionfish, Caulerpa taxifolia
While snorkeling, Katie and George come across a beautiful but unknown fish, so they snap a photo of it and take the photo to Dr. Linda at the University Marine Lab. She describes the unknown fish as a lionfish - a new, invasive species in western Atlantic waters that was most likely introduced by aquarium dumping (humans releasing unwanted plants and pets from aquarium tanks in to local waterways). Dr. Linda discusses the serious problems this fish and another invasive species, the green seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia, are causing to coral reefs and other aquatic habitats. She also explains better alternatives to aquarium dumping that Katie and George then share with their friend Dave. Although Gypsy Point is a hypothetical location along the Atlantic coast of Florida, the problems with aquarium dumping are very real! Please read this book with your family to learn about safe alternatives for pets and plants in your fish tank if you can no longer care for them.
Number of Pages
20 x 25 cm
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University of Central Florida
Introduced animals -- North Atlantic Ocean -- Juvenile literature.
Aquariums -- Juvenile literature.
Fishes -- Juvenile literature.
Pterois volitans -- Juvenile literature.
Caulerpa taxifolia -- Juvenile literature.
North Atlantic Ocean.