60 Pounds of Invasive Lionfish on One Dive

  • Published on Jun 14, 2019
  • In a single dive we speared 60 pounds of invasive lionfish in the Caribbean. We then ate the lionfish. They were tasty.

Comments • 371

  • Progamer1013
    Progamer1013 2 years ago +258

    Good work guys! Invasive species can be such a detriment to ecosystems when left unchecked. Keep it up!

    • Obi wan Kenobi
      Obi wan Kenobi 2 months ago

      These colonies really need to calm down

    • Progamer1013
      Progamer1013 Year ago +2

      @Jelmer Dijken I think it was Agent Smith who said Humans are more similar to a virus than any other species on the planet.

    • Jelmer Dijken
      Jelmer Dijken Year ago +1

      Don't forget humans are the OG invasive species

  • Alex To go
    Alex To go 2 years ago +151

    Really like this video. No useless intros or talking, just straight action. Love it. Nice job altogether 👋

  • PapaWheelie
    PapaWheelie Year ago +238

    We sell them to local restaurants- $8 a pound for whole lionfish. They are great tasting and it pays for the gas and beer

    • Vaff angool
      Vaff angool Month ago

      @NavyTech Skull
      *Lionfish are not recognised as prey* by any creature in the Atlantic ocean. They are only recognised by predators in their native South Pacific and Indian oceans. There have been very limited attempts to teach sharks and eels to recognise lionfish as prey, but short of further introduction of invasive Pacific species (of sharks, cornetfish, grouper, eels, frogfish, scorpionfish, maybe snapper and trigger fish) all we're going to see is opportunistic feeding, not predatory behaviour.

    • peterinbrat
      peterinbrat 4 months ago +1

      Good. Each one eats up to thirty juvenile fish a day!

    • J Mann
      J Mann 6 months ago

      Papa wheelie there is documented evidence of native fish eating Lionfish. Mostly the bigger fish. Grouper,Snapper etc. Not lots but they are starting. As they eat the food chain so will they become part of it.

    • MrCristianposso
      MrCristianposso 10 months ago

      @Iceflame Dude, if you live in Florida just go to any bay (Tampa worked for me) and stand near the shore line , go with a small fishing rod and a bag of frozen shrimp and you'll return home with 10+ puffers. Since you want only the TDT (hopefully for scientific purposes) you should only use the liver, now I don't have any idea of how to extract a concentrated amount of TDT from that, I asume you'll figure it out.

    • BizyBlizt Average
      BizyBlizt Average 10 months ago

      @Iceflame Are you an assassin?

  • Millennial Travel Confessions

    You guys are doing a great job, keep it up! 👍

  • Ronald Harris
    Ronald Harris Year ago +19

    Notice there's no small reef fish swimming around just an area infested with lionfish. I'm happy they are considered good tasting so they won't go to waste

    • Raymon Trigueros
      Raymon Trigueros 4 days ago

      @Doom Slayer and it's our turn to eat the lionfish

    • Doom Slayer
      Doom Slayer 10 days ago

      No small fish because the lionfish ate them all

  • Veronica M
    Veronica M 2 years ago +221

    So satisfying to watch. 🥳

    • Patek
      Patek Year ago +2

      Satisfying af

    • Hey Asshole
      Hey Asshole Year ago +3


    • glata12
      glata12 2 years ago +5

      Veronica M it really is though 😂

    • Veronica M
      Veronica M 2 years ago +6

      Elfthan Good to know. 🙄😆

  • Oh yes
    Oh yes Year ago +14

    I love knowing that people care for the native species and the balance of the environment.

  • asolitaryartistonline
    asolitaryartistonline 2 years ago +409

    The 24 people who disliked this video also people who'd love to see reefless seas...

    • Philippe Miron
      Philippe Miron 8 months ago +2

      I think it's for the annoying music/drums beat.

    • Lady Haha
      Lady Haha 9 months ago

      @Two Wheels why do you hate go pros? Its literally just a camera

    • Gavin Hutton is a Muscular stan
      Gavin Hutton is a Muscular stan Year ago +1

      @Gamer Meowm that's fair

    • Mndblwn
      Mndblwn Year ago +24

      Avalphilodas I’m a vegetarian myself but even I think such measures are necessary. Well maybe it’s the bot who disliked

    • DinDoo16
      DinDoo16 Year ago +51

      Yah, I don’t think they know that they’re invasive and challenge other native predators 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • and
    and 2 years ago +177

    good on you, man. gotta keep these pests out of the reefs!

  • JillianSelbyPicture
    JillianSelbyPicture Year ago +8


  • Valerie Buitrago
    Valerie Buitrago 4 months ago +2

    Great video! I plan on starting this summer, do you have any big tips or words of caution? I know to avoid the spines of the lionfish, but my fiancé and I worry more about sharks getting interested.

  • Nick S
    Nick S Year ago +14

    Bless you for keeping our reefs healthy!

  • boredman5000
    boredman5000 3 months ago

    I wish I had the equipment and expertise to go and do this. I hope you guys get them all!

  • Lillie Halumi
    Lillie Halumi Year ago +5

    I think the hardest part is filleting them. I have tried but failed miserably.

  • Hey Asshole
    Hey Asshole Year ago +54

    There is so much to do to help our oceans.
    I can't do much about it except try and pick up garbage and trash I see lazily tossed on the ground.
    But I think if there is two parties.
    One that cleans the world above and another taking on the ocean.
    We can truly make a change

    • Lance T.
      Lance T. Year ago +2

      That's a really good way of looking at it. Teamwork!

  • JackPlays Games
    JackPlays Games Year ago +7

    We gotta save the native fish and our reefs keep going guys!

  • Lewis Jr. Beeler
    Lewis Jr. Beeler Year ago +27

    Seriously, where do I sign up???? This would be so cool!

    • Tripp
      Tripp 7 months ago

      Nah look up dive shop and pay for it

    • Alex Thorner
      Alex Thorner Year ago

      pretty sure it is ReefCI in Belize

  • Jack Shen
    Jack Shen 2 years ago +16

    Are you using a red filter on your go pro? The footage looks great

  • Janet Lopez
    Janet Lopez Year ago +2

    I could watch this all day on loop

  • Skys Helix
    Skys Helix Year ago +1

    I plan on learning how to spearfish, and one of the first species I plan on going after whenever I get the chance is lionfish

  • Greg Gale
    Greg Gale 2 years ago +1

    How deep was this? at which levels do these fish prefer?

    • Zebra Pleco
      Zebra Pleco 2 years ago +6

      That’s a huge part of the problem cuz they can go pretty deep when they want to. They have a large range on the reefs and coastal sea shelves.

  • Garage Qeys
    Garage Qeys Year ago +3

    Notice you don’t see other fish species on the reef.

  • Lloyd
    Lloyd Year ago

    Taste nice apparently. Very sustainable way of eating, and removing an invasive species at the same time!

  • Anthony Richter
    Anthony Richter Year ago

    That looks so fun!!

  • The Panda King
    The Panda King 11 months ago +1

    There is something so creepy, yet so oddly satisfying seeing these fishes get stabbed and caught.

  • Lord Fire
    Lord Fire 2 years ago +2

    Cool vid what spears were you useing?

  • Mochijuice
    Mochijuice Year ago +2

    it’s good they r saving the ecosystem

  • Evan Willis
    Evan Willis 19 days ago

    It hurts me to see such a beautiful fish getting killed so much but all of that pain goes away when i see all of the reef restoration!

  • Forvenn
    Forvenn Year ago +1

    Imagine putting your hand in that bag lmao

  • Sonicice 24
    Sonicice 24 2 years ago +10

    That's pretty epic.

  • Black John
    Black John 10 months ago +1

    God, look at how many of those smug little bastards there were on that reef!

  • Nobody Cares
    Nobody Cares Year ago

    these are so satisfying to watch

  • Art Rhapsody
    Art Rhapsody 6 months ago

    I was thinking how did they fit there 🤣🤣

  • Jess Stark
    Jess Stark Year ago

    Great video Patrick, good job - it is gonna take every diver working hard to control these rascals - here is my contribution to the effort in Cayman - thexvid.com/video/YLAeeYwfcl4/video.html - feeding snapper and thexvid.com/video/6_BdtOFi_mg/video.html - Feeding Moray

    • Vaff angool
      Vaff angool Month ago

      *Any dead lionfish* is a good lionfish and acquired predation would be the holy grail but all we're seeing there is opportunistic feeding.

  • Sam To
    Sam To Year ago

    I could watch this all day

  • Aero Kayo
    Aero Kayo Year ago +1

    Did you have them cooked? They taste pretty damn good.

  • Stephen J.P. Ingley
    Stephen J.P. Ingley 2 years ago +4

    Awesome Job...Keep up the great work and very good eating...

  • Mariposaoro Fusion Food Channel

    Which Caribbean country was this in? That is a rather large amount of Lionfish! They should consider selling them here in the UK!

  • Carson Knodel.
    Carson Knodel. 2 years ago +2

    I would love to do this

  • Tony straussano
    Tony straussano 7 months ago

    Imagine if 100 people done this in a day

  • Bushy
    Bushy Year ago +4

    Lionfish sees his friend getting speared
    Lionfish: idk

  • Caitlyn Wong
    Caitlyn Wong Year ago +1

    Awesome! I also like the hunting music LOL

  • Squish 4809
    Squish 4809 Year ago

    Does anyone else want to go lion fish hunting after seeing this

  • Sean N.
    Sean N. Year ago

    I would feel bad having to kill anything, especially dozens of them...but if they are invasive then they need to be dealt with.

  • Karri Kaleshefski

    What company did you use for this trip?

  • Joel Camacho
    Joel Camacho 9 months ago

    When the lionfishes gets snatched, they are like at fast as an octopus releasing ink

  • stickyfoot84
    stickyfoot84 2 years ago +14

    1:46 Rad shot!

  • newyork1655 neyman
    newyork1655 neyman 9 months ago +2

    the ones that disliked are the ones that either know 0 about fishing or diving

  • Milo Dack
    Milo Dack Year ago

    Certainly wouldn’t be holding the tube up close to the end where you stick the lionfish in like some of them. If the spines get you, it hurts like hell

  • Ethan Mars
    Ethan Mars 7 months ago

    so scary, like this is the only fish left :((

  • Deepika Nagarajan
    Deepika Nagarajan 6 days ago

    Hi! I'm reaching out from a brand that makes invasive lionfish leather - we would love to collaborate on some footage. Please let me know if you're interested!

  • Lordofweird ness
    Lordofweird ness 2 years ago +47

    Sad their invasive there just so pretty

    • King Dave
      King Dave Year ago +6

      Nice in the aquarium but a terror in the wild

    • Everett Duncan
      Everett Duncan Year ago +20

      They're tasty though

  • Leon
    Leon Year ago

    Are they still alive when put in the container?

  • Christophe Ngo Van Duc
    Christophe Ngo Van Duc 2 years ago +4


  • Chinthaka Ruwan
    Chinthaka Ruwan 2 months ago

    So satisfying to watch

  • PatriotismSave
    PatriotismSave Year ago +3

    Roasted lionfish on a stick with salt is delicious and sweet.

  • Lionel Peer
    Lionel Peer 2 years ago +5

    are these commercial charters? if so: where & how much does it cost?

    • Lionel Peer
      Lionel Peer 2 years ago +2

      @Patrick Explores Great, thanks for the info!

    • Patrick Explores
      Patrick Explores  2 years ago +6

      I actually did this as part of a service trip in Belize through International Volunteers Headquarters (IVHQ) - you can check it out on their website

  • Lulu Díaz
    Lulu Díaz Year ago

    You can see the damage they do to the place they are, cuz I’ve never seen a video in which there are lionfish and has color or other kind

    • bovverFS
      bovverFS 6 months ago

      Honestly this is partly bullshit. The guys in that clip do a perfect job, coz the lionfish is an invasive in the atlantic ocean and the caribbean sea and the cleaned the sea, where the lionfish doesn't belong to. In their natural habitat, you'll find colourful coral reefs, a lot of other reef fishes and so on. Watch videos from the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean or the Pacific Ocean, where the lionfish species usually live. So, your comment is only valid for an enviroment, where these fishes are an invasive species. If you go snorkeling or diving in the Red Sea or Indian Ocean, what we from Europe often do, watching a lionfish is very cool, they really nice fishes. At the end, human beings are the problem, coz they have brought that species to areas, where they don't belong and fit to, so human being have to eliminate this error again to keep our ecosystems in balance. Respect to the guys in the video for doin' that.

  • João 1984
    João 1984 Year ago

    Just their sheer numbers are unbelievable

  • Arceus 101
    Arceus 101 Year ago

    I've heard they're fairly tasty

  • DinDoo16
    DinDoo16 Year ago

    Great job, but the fish r still beautiful haha

  • Conrrado Torres
    Conrrado Torres Year ago

    I've heard that lionfish is delicious once it's cooked and prepared

  • Donald Hill
    Donald Hill 10 months ago

    Darn good job!

  • Andres Chavez
    Andres Chavez 25 days ago

    I find this so satisfying

  • Mr. Unite iQ
    Mr. Unite iQ Year ago +2

    Its kinda sad what happnening to them but the lion fish deserved it.

  • Keino Smith
    Keino Smith 10 months ago

    Thank you so much ..you all need to come to the bahamas next🇧🇸🇧🇸🇧🇸🇧🇸

  • T-Wongg
    T-Wongg 2 years ago +7

    You guys pick up lion fish like you pick up litter with spears

  • BirkinsTV
    BirkinsTV 6 months ago

    nice job :)

  • suddendee
    suddendee Year ago +1

    Heard lionfish are delicious 😋 🐠

    • Ashen One
      Ashen One Year ago

      Taste like snapper, just avoid the spiny bits.

  • Frontbattles
    Frontbattles 10 months ago

    if i would live there i would get a huge tank and throw like 20 of them in there ^^

  • Aventus
    Aventus 9 months ago

    Wish you showed the eating, thats going to be a lot of food!

  • John R. Timmers
    John R. Timmers Year ago

    Gotta get a bunch of free-drivers together to catch these daily and sell it all to local restaurants. Might make for a good business

  • turquoise Aqua Teal

    Love this vid.

  • ghjhgjdfh hjfghefhjfg
    ghjhgjdfh hjfghefhjfg 2 years ago +5

    Thank You!!!!

  • உருவிலாத கர்ஜனன் Uruvilaatha Karjanan

    Makan(Feast) Time👍🏽🤤

  • J C
    J C Year ago +4

    Way to clean house guys! 🤙

  • abc.animal514
    abc.animal514 2 months ago

    Lionfish would be a lot easier to kill or get killed [by other animals] if they weren’t poisonous.

  • Kimo Sabe
    Kimo Sabe 7 months ago

    Did not know you can eat them. Thats a huge bonus.

  • justin pham
    justin pham Year ago

    Dang! It like picking up trash . Nice job!

  • Mae Anne Ngo
    Mae Anne Ngo Year ago +1

    Maybe trophy hunters should do this instead

  • denz pants
    denz pants Year ago

    should make this a sport with a eating contest afterward.

  • xxxxmimi
    xxxxmimi Year ago

    theres something really satisfying about this crazy invasive species getting fished. I heard a female can lay upto 2 million eggs!!

  • Peter Griffinson
    Peter Griffinson 9 months ago

    Why stop at 60 pound 😂

  • Doing me
    Doing me Year ago

    Please please keep doing this! These fish are HORRIBLE!!! I have never hated a fish so much in my life. Y’all keep up the good work!!!

  • Fore WARNE
    Fore WARNE 2 years ago +1

    aren't lionfish poisonous? why are they eating them?

    • Plantimations!
      Plantimations! Year ago

      Venom is only dangerous if it gets into your bloodstream, so some people drink snake venom because it can’t kill them if they do ‘t have a major artery in their stomach

    • Vocal Armory
      Vocal Armory 2 years ago +10

      Fore WARNE they’re venomous, plus their venom is in their spines, so as long as you don’t get poked by them you’re generally fine to eat them

  • Sea tails
    Sea tails 7 months ago

    That looks deep

  • 海OceanNova
    海OceanNova 2 years ago +111

    Government: Execute Order 66

    • Hank
      Hank Year ago +3

      Good divers follow orders

    • Budgaa
      Budgaa Year ago +5

      Blast him

    • Julian Ortega
      Julian Ortega 2 years ago +12

      It will be done my lord.

  • Gardoni Walter
    Gardoni Walter Year ago


  • Jack FnTwist
    Jack FnTwist Year ago +1

    They should use little dredges like they do dredging for gold in the Bering Sea. Just vacuum them up directly to the surface.

    • Jack FnTwist
      Jack FnTwist Year ago

      @and Just to vacuum the fish, not the reef. facepalm!

  • Hung Tran
    Hung Tran Year ago

    Does the spear launch itself, or do they stab them like normal spears?

    • Fungnam Nalbo
      Fungnam Nalbo Year ago +1

      @Hung Tran Lionfish are on the top of the food chain and don't really have any natural predators, especially in the Atlantic, so they don't think they have any reason to get spooked

    • Hung Tran
      Hung Tran Year ago

      @savannah505 Thanks. Any thoughts on why those fishes don't swim away? Their friends were literally being skewered right next to them..

    • savannah505
      savannah505 Year ago +3

      They have a rubber band on the end, look closely at how it's used. You may have to watch another video.

  • Dylan Claydon
    Dylan Claydon 9 months ago

    @Patrick Explores I know it’s cruel but you are doing the right thing I give you the right to take the Lionfish’s lives for eating and oomping the reef fish declining their numbers and destroying the reef. The method I’ll use to kill them is to grab them without getting stung and stick your fingers into the gills and twist doing that destroys the gills which kills them

  • Mancing Santuy
    Mancing Santuy Year ago

    Keren sekali tempatnya, salam kenal dari anglers Indonesia, silahkan kunjungi channel saya jika berkenan..

  • Bent
    Bent 2 years ago +6

    good job

  • King Dave
    King Dave Year ago

    POV: You’re also looking for some triggered PETA member in the comments going on about how spearfishing is evil

  • Temuul Munkhtur
    Temuul Munkhtur Year ago

    good job yall

  • sashes
    sashes Year ago

    you don't worry about the fish poking each other in the bag and contaminating the meat?

  • brutallyHonest !
    brutallyHonest ! 2 years ago +10

    super invasive lion fish destroy reef ecosystem

    • Moonlight spark
      Moonlight spark 7 months ago

      Super invasive idiot humans who bought these fish from else where and left few of them in Florida.

  • Chelsea Brockmeier

    Make sure to prepare them carefully, wouldn't want anyone to be sick or die.

  • Thomas Hill
    Thomas Hill 7 months ago

    Now that is a good job catching and invasive fish, NOW we need to do something with Asian Carp AND Rock Pythons

  • Victor Kalashnikov
    Victor Kalashnikov Year ago +1

    You must try lion fish soup or fry