July 2007: In this image released by Oregon State University, a lionfish swims off Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas. The lionfish are rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters, swallowing native species, stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on an ecologically delicate region, it was reported on Wednesday. 'This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history,' said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecology expert who compared lionfish to a plague of locusts.

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