Where did you come from?

This past summer I went on a road trip to Florida.  On our trip, we went snorkeling and saw so many different types of fish.  One of the fish we saw were the red lionfish.  At the first view, I was utterly confused.  “Why does this fish look like a fraying sponge?” was my first thought.  Is this set up practical? I learned that the spines it has on its back has deadly poison.  I suppose that because they have so much power in their body then they don’t need to worry about drawing attention to themselves.  How did they evolve, though?  What environment prompted the unique body shape and colors?  What kinds of things do they eat, and why do they need a deadly venom?  Who attacks these frightening animals?

(CC2.0jayhem2006)

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