Teaching Sharks (and Eels) to Attack Invasive Lionfish

  • Published on Dec 29, 2017
  • If sharks and eels are taught to eat invasive lionfish, they can help lower lionfish population in the Caribbean.
    Lionfish are quickly eating and replacing native species of fish in the Caribbean. Their population in the Caribbean has exploded in recent years. This video shows sharks eating lionfish.
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  • Nathan Frey
    Nathan Frey 3 years ago +7783

    No lionfish were harmed in the making of this video.

  • mc4906
    mc4906 Year ago +1780

    This is the equivalent of aliens coming from space to feed us cheeseburgers

    • Tstan Da'ManDontChanoo
      Tstan Da'ManDontChanoo 2 months ago

      @Miguel Ângelo as you are sitting there watching videos and commenting.

    • PaGaDo
      PaGaDo 4 months ago

      I'd be down for that. Especially if the Cheeseburgers were invading the ecosystem.

    • Johnny Nemo
      Johnny Nemo 7 months ago +1

      Only if cheeseburgers we’re destroying pieces of their habitat

    • Devin _Smile
      Devin _Smile 9 months ago +2

      More like aliens coming from space to feed us an invasive species we didnt know we could eat?

    • DaCoup **
      DaCoup ** 9 months ago +1

      I’m cool with that

  • reedscuba
    reedscuba Year ago +653

    I was diving off Cayman Brac and I'm convinced that sharks, eels and barracuda know what a spear is. We were constantly followed by a combination of all three, and our guide speared 32 lionfish in a week. Not one of them went to waste.

    • Minimimik
      Minimimik 8 months ago +7

      @ShaddyCrunchum true, but these fish know the fishermen aren't there to hurt them. At first they most definitely kept their distance, but as they associated fishermen with food they became much more friendly. Another example, i once visited a nice beachside cliff, pretty popular stop for people on a roadtrip through west coast usa. There was a group of chipmunks in the parking lot walking up to everyone taking food. Most were more friendly than wild chipmunks, but still ran if you made sudden movements. However, the fattest one would walk right up to people and stand on its little hind legs reaching for food, no fear because it knows all these people won't hurt it and bring food. Pretty much once animals know to associate something with a reward, they don't fear it as much. Of course if aliens started invading and gave out food handouts people would be suspicious, since (most) people are pretty smart, but an animal associating a fisherman with a snack just follows along

    • ShaddyCrunchum
      ShaddyCrunchum 8 months ago +2

      @Minimimik I can't recommend that course of action my friend lol

    • Minimimik
      Minimimik Year ago +29

      tbf if i saw an alien giving out free food, i'd probably follow them too

    • Kolas
      Kolas Year ago +29

      The spear gods have descended

  • DeerlyQueery
    DeerlyQueery Year ago +346

    This is actually a really smart idea- Since the Lionfish doesn't have any predators in the areas it's invasive if you teach the ones that can eat it to eat it then they'll really get hunting down the population!

    • Magi_H
      Magi_H 10 months ago +4

      Lionfish: "Nooooo...we should not be randomly fed to fish that usually don't eat us! That's illegal!"
      Eel and Shark: "Yummy food! Time to Rip and Tear!"

    • High Admiral JT
      High Admiral JT Year ago +22

      Training the morays, I think atleast, would’ve been better than also training sharks since morays eels do live in small crevices near coral, where lion fish live.

    • Kristen Blount
      Kristen Blount Year ago +16

      @wizzlesticks Yup. And now all the predators just bother divers because now they associate spearfishing (& sometimes just regular divers) with food.

    • wizzlesticks
      wizzlesticks Year ago +32

      It was worth a shot. The program stopped four years ago because it didn't have ongoing success. They didn't think about this too well. Sharks will not go underneath the coral looking for lionfish where they hide. The divers were holding them out in the open which is not a natural setting for the fish to be hunted.

    • Miska Kopperoinen
      Miska Kopperoinen Year ago +57

      Exactly. There's also the fact that sharks live for a decent while and morays aren't terribly short-lived either. You might get even multiple decades of benefit from training a single animal.

  • Brian Cantrell
    Brian Cantrell 2 years ago +3604

    Alternate Title: Sharks learn to eat with a fork.

  • Kat
    Kat Year ago +144

    I like how almost all the sharks start off politely swimming past you not getting in the way, and then stop and go "oh hey is that for me?" and come back lol

    • BlueHood
      BlueHood 8 months ago

      @ShaddyCrunchum true, I meant more as in a scenario as this video, I don’t think the great white would be able to be as gentle

    • RamadaArtist
      RamadaArtist 8 months ago +5

      Honestly it very much reminded me of trying to feed stray or skittish dogs, that are just like, "yo don't get too close, i'mma back up now," and then, "huh, is that food... nah not interested," and then, "okay one bite," and then run off to eat it by themselves at a safe distance.

    • BlueHood
      BlueHood 11 months ago +4

      @Mata Hari Some, yes. Others like say, a Great White or even Tiger would prove more difficult to handle.

    • Mata Hari
      Mata Hari Year ago +9

      Sharks actually pretty docile to humans,

  • TNAC
    TNAC Year ago +1665

    Lionfish: I have venomous spines that kill anyone that touches it, no one would ever dare to eat me!
    Sharks: Okay, and?

    • ne0n1ce ツ
      ne0n1ce ツ 4 months ago

      @Kaung Khant That changes nothing about the question since the sharks are literally swallowing the venomous spines.

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago +1

      @Pete R I am glad you like them.

    • matalvis
      matalvis 7 months ago +1

      @Golden Ratio 1.6180 Honey Badger is a little furry mammal that is basically a muscle tank. They fight off lions and other bigger animals, and can survive being stabbed, shot with a gun point blank. They also break into bee hives to steal honey, even when getting stung a million times.
      If someone calls someone or something a Honey Badger, they are basically saying they are a badass that just does not care.
      Its a compliment.
      Hope this helps.

    • Pete R
      Pete R 7 months ago +1

      @Golden Ratio 1.6180 Thanks, I am having a good time right now watching your spearfishing videos. ; )

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago

      @matalvis Hey matalvis, ""honey badger"" this is what a group of americans turists called me. They where diving scuba, I was fishing, what ""honey badger"" mean. I thought it is somehting like bees attitude but you are saying sharks and eels are honey badgers. what it means my friend.

  • Cristina Lingvay
    Cristina Lingvay 2 years ago +12

    Hi, marine biology major here. This is a great example of biological control! The only thing I would say is harmful about this method is that it teaches sharks that humans = food, and lead to sharks biting humans or showing aggression towards humans. Then, people assume sharks are inherently bad or harmful creatures when in reality, we taught them to be that way!! This is why reef sharks tend to swim around/up to divers expecting food from them. I would probably recommend killing the lionfish, releasing them from the spear, and then letting the sharks go at them. That way, there's a degree of separation there.

  • Joyde
    Joyde Year ago +1271

    Shark and Eel: *dangery predators*
    Human: *gib free food*
    Shark and Eel: *cats and dogs of 22nd century*

    • Jake
      Jake 9 months ago

      @魑魅 huh? People have had sharks and eels as pets for hundred of years bro....

    • mrskeleton
      mrskeleton 11 months ago +2

      @WanderinWolf nurse sharks are nice

    • WanderinWolf
      WanderinWolf Year ago +5

      @魑魅 I would love to have a domesticated shark!

    • Jehoiakim Eli Doronila
      Jehoiakim Eli Doronila Year ago +1

      What a wholesome comment.

  • William Schneider
    William Schneider Year ago +620

    "we have to help florida get rid of the invasive lionfish, will anyone volunteer to help"
    *shark raises fin*
    "what can you do to help sir?"
    the shark: *C O N S U M E*

    • sab
      sab 8 months ago


    • Jehoiakim Eli Doronila
      Jehoiakim Eli Doronila Year ago +6

      It's like the aquatic version of the Doom Guy; whereas the shark 🦈 instead says *"BITE AND CONSUME."*

    • Brandy Cover
      Brandy Cover Year ago +1

      Titanoboa:Lol This Is Not Fair.

    • André Niemand
      André Niemand Year ago +3

      You're Hired!

    • wizzlesticks
      wizzlesticks Year ago +8

      It's a shame that didn't hold true. The program started four years ago, and it hasn't had any success in reducing or containing numbers.

  • Peter Tien
    Peter Tien Year ago +2822

    Shark: too good to be true! Now we have human waiters serving diner ?

    • WannabeHistorian692
      WannabeHistorian692 7 months ago

      The rest of the ecosystem: Thank you guys, you saved us!
      Sharks and eels: ?

    • VindictiveGrind
      VindictiveGrind 8 months ago

      Wildlife: *”Since when did we get upgraded to the silver spoon?”*

    • dominic vucic
      dominic vucic 8 months ago

      @Primal Werewolf it's not lethal it just hurts and makes you wish your dead also sharks are a lot tougher than humans

    • Ferry
      Ferry 11 months ago

      @Primal Werewolf That is not how venom works. You can eat venom. You cant be injected with venom.

    • Okay Sarı
      Okay Sarı 11 months ago

      If the waiters cannot serve, the costumers can eat the waiters themselves, ye know

  • Vocal
    Vocal Year ago +61

    I knew the eels could eat them, but I'm glad to hear the sharks are immune to their poison too.
    Edit: Apparently I never heard that these fish are venomous and not poisonous.

    • Ferry
      Ferry 11 months ago +5

      They are venomous, and even we can eat them.

    • Cameron Davis
      Cameron Davis Year ago +3

      Big difference between venomous and poisonous .

    • Fred Fred Burger
      Fred Fred Burger Year ago +13

      It's not that they are immune, it's that they are eating it in such a way that the venom isn't released from the spikes.
      The divers are trying to teach them how to correctly eat the fish so they don't get hurt

  • Floyd Palmer
    Floyd Palmer Year ago +988

    So we got a good news and bad news situation.
    Good news: humans have begun serving up food on forks for us!
    Bad news: they're feeding us the ugliest shit in the ocean.

    • spinosaurus striker
      spinosaurus striker 6 months ago

      @Diaz Daily seguro votaste por el lapizito xdd

    • Nabbit Go home
      Nabbit Go home 7 months ago

      But it’s the good kind of ugly

    • Chiari Clark
      Chiari Clark 10 months ago

      Everyone's arguing about shark fins but I'm ready to fight because lionfish are beautiful

    • Jiro Weiler
      Jiro Weiler 10 months ago

      There are creatures in the ocean that make Lion fish look pretty

    • Raps
      Raps 10 months ago

      I died 😂

  • Florian Bösch
    Florian Bösch Year ago +1181

    „Mum I dont like spicy food.“
    „Shut up baby and say thank you to the nice man who gave you the free lionfish.“

  • RO-gaming ftw
    RO-gaming ftw Year ago +318

    the chaotic lawful equivalent of "florida person training squirrels to attack people"

    • Contributing Member Of Society
      Contributing Member Of Society Month ago +1

      This reminds me of that time I read an article about an Alabama man feeding his attack squirrel that he named Deez Nuts meth so that Deez Nuts could be more aggressive in attacking.

    • David Boros
      David Boros 9 months ago

      @Trav The Memer
      You gonna have to fight Markiplier for that crown!

    • Hyperion Dark
      Hyperion Dark 10 months ago

      @Raissa Camelo Correct.

    • Raissa Camelo
      Raissa Camelo 10 months ago

      Omg! This random person misused a D&D term! I am so pissed off. ☺️😝

    • Hyperion Dark
      Hyperion Dark 11 months ago +3

      chaotic lawful??? stop using terms you dont understand

  • Peter Nagy
    Peter Nagy Year ago +1

    I'm starting to really like reef sharks; they're not (as) intimidating, very docile (compared to other sharks), and in this case extremely helpful.

    DYNABIKE1 7 months ago +2

    Great Job !!! This needs to happen as much as possible and maybe We could end up with a breakeven population of these Invasive eating machines.

  • time forgotten prince
    time forgotten prince 7 months ago +2

    I'm not a fan of seafood, but seeing all of the sharks and barracuda's happily chomping down on lionfish somewhat makes me tempted to try out lionfish for myself.

  • Park
    Park 3 years ago +4

    You can see an immediate increase in the shark's speed the moment the lionfish gets speared. There ability to detect that kind of thing is incredible!

  • BootsMcNab
    BootsMcNab Year ago +25

    Ah I see how predators learn to eat them without their spines getting in the way. Theyre fed the lionfish at a certain angle where they have the spines facing away and their weak spot faced towards the predator. I saw a video of a grouper eating a lionfish that was free swimming and it kept on analyzing it and charged at the weak spot..probably been taught how to eat it

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago +1

      no my friend, they where just thought that the ""bouble people"" give free food only

  • CowGoddess
    CowGoddess Year ago +9

    I love how these fish just happily accept help from humans.

  • Kakyoin, The Choccy Milk Giver

    Lionfish: "being an invasive specie without any natural predator"
    Humans: Say "ahh"
    Shark: AHHHHHH

  • Truck Taxi
    Truck Taxi Year ago +1

    Thank you so much for doing what you could for our marine ecosystem.

  • Peezy Or PJ
    Peezy Or PJ Year ago +3

    This is actually smart. Better than wasting resources on these invasive species.

  • Norrin Radd
    Norrin Radd Year ago +1

    You’re doing two great deeds in one there, which are obviously getting rid of those bloody pests, and feeding the sharks, which can help them to breed better because of the extra food.!.!.!.
    And, everyone that hasn’t had their heads up their arses for the last few years, will know exactly how much help all sharks around the world need, because of the stupid idea that every wedding has to have that tasteless(I have worked in a chinese restaurant for a while, and I worked for a few weddings, which meant that I had the chance to try sharks-fin soup, and it is just a waste of money and sharks) soup, just because it is expensive, which they think shows that they are great people who have more money than sense, when it just shows that they are DICKS.!.!.!.!.

  • Luis MB
    Luis MB Year ago

    Thank you for teaching the sharks to eat fish. I don't know how they may have managed to survive for millions of years without us...

  • DinosaurGaming2
    DinosaurGaming2 9 months ago

    where i live(Florida) we also have a problem with invasive lionfish. This is a good practice and as the description explains, can help reduce the population of invasive lionfish.

  • Jean Luney
    Jean Luney Year ago +1

    I know that divers are also training groupers to include lion fish, in their daily diet. This is a truly interesting technique, for the control of an invasive species.

    • Fred Fred Burger
      Fred Fred Burger Year ago

      The best way to get rid of an invasive species is to get the current predators strategies to take them on

  • Crackinator
    Crackinator Year ago +3

    I find it so cool how moray eels squish their prey by tying themselves into a knot and dragging the victim through.

  • yourselfcrab23
    yourselfcrab23 Year ago +330

    lionfish: *exists*
    Humans, Sharks and eels: I'm 'bout to end this man's whole career

    • Kolas
      Kolas Year ago

      They picked the wrong sea

    • Pell Oell
      Pell Oell Year ago

      That’s not funny at all

    • Brandy Cover
      Brandy Cover Year ago +1

      Titanoboa:*Kills Lionfish*

    • RedDeadTryhardBichFromGTA Yuh
      RedDeadTryhardBichFromGTA Yuh Year ago

      @rei His name plus the fact that he hasn't answered since I asked talks me all I need to know.

    • rei
      rei Year ago +1

      @RedDeadTryhardBichFromGTA Yuh you could probably guess his age just from the name of his channel "alex gaming"

  • AngelOfLight1415
    AngelOfLight1415 3 months ago +1

    Wow, those movements the sharks did were so cool! You can see why they're such great hunters. Cause they can swim like masters! LOL ooo now got a cool dragon idea in my head

  • シSikaシMika
    シSikaシMika Year ago +8

    The sharks looked so harmless it made me fear less of them 😀

  • ShaddyCrunchum
    ShaddyCrunchum 8 months ago

    I thought lionfish were too poisonous to be eaten by the fish in the waters they were invasive in. Glad to see that's not the case, thank you for helping our oceans!

  • Generator
    Generator Year ago +26

    Meanwhile in Sharktube and Eeltube: Making humans think we don't know how to catch fish to get free food

  • Lapiscake12
    Lapiscake12 Year ago

    it's quite fascinating how they're able to handle the lionfish' venom (unless im mistaking them for a similar creature that has venomous barbs)

  • 904lifestyle
    904lifestyle Year ago

    This is an Awesome example of how mother nature can work for us instead of against us

  • Dave Crupel
    Dave Crupel Year ago

    I like how the shark's bite approach is never directly towards you.
    He approaches from along the shaft of that prod. Going towards the tips, and the fish, from the safe end, rather than the buisness end.
    Probably didnt take him too many mouth jabs to figure out that biting directly on those tips head on is a painfull idea.

  • Robert Walper
    Robert Walper 11 months ago

    I love the videos showing people in boats chumming the water so people in cages can get up and close to creatures like the great white sharks.
    I especially like the part where they get these really big sharks to associate boats and human shapes in the water with getting easy food.

  • M P
    M P 8 months ago

    I sure hope this teaching method works in the warm waters of the Caribbean along the coastal areas, etc.. Hopefully more and more divers will assist with this method when diving, cause lion fish are becoming a serious threat.

  • Triston Ong
    Triston Ong 3 years ago +2

    I would love to swim with sharks one day. Great whites and Tiger sharks in particular.
    There are so many species out there I would love to swim beside though...

    • Fred Fred Burger
      Fred Fred Burger Year ago

      A whale shark would be cool as hell, I'm a bit too nervous to swim by anything that could seriously hurt me if it got too curious. Dolphin is a maybe, I'm a dude, but dk if I'll be by one that doesn't care about that and is in the mood

  • Fence Post
    Fence Post Year ago +1

    This is very satisfying to watch! Natural predators disposing of harmful invasive species!

  • Charlie D
    Charlie D Year ago

    What a genius solution to such a disastrous issue. I hope sharks in general learn to eat more lionfish

  • Ehawk700
    Ehawk700 Year ago

    Using a native animal to get rid of an invasive species is an amazing thing to watch. Helping nature hold its balance.

  • cbdallas
    cbdallas 7 months ago +1

    I think this is a great idea, but I just hope those sharks aren't taking them from the wrong direction and being injured while eating. They don't seem to use the care that eels and barracuda use when eating one.

  • Noahh_
    Noahh_ Year ago +3

    Lionfish are my favorite animal. I always do them for projects and once had to make a clay version of one, very fun ^^

    • Korok Seed
      Korok Seed Year ago +2

      Yeah they’re pretty cool but they’re also an invasive species in many areas

  • SantaMonicaHelp Assistant

    Man that was kind of sad to see the lionfish gets eaten one by one :( I say sad because I had lionfish & eels in the same tank and they got along perfectly.
    BUT I understand that it's kind of necessary because the population is increasing and we need to balance our ecosystem.
    Thank for sharing the video

    DYNABIKE1 3 years ago

    Great job guys. Repeat repeat repeat - - they will learn and pass it on to their pups !!!

  • hold 'er Newt, shes rearin' ?

    are there any negative effects for the sharks and eels when eating the lionfish?

  • R U N V S [ jp82 ]
    R U N V S [ jp82 ] 7 months ago

    I'm confident when saying that "I" like many others who may know or have at worst heard/seen a lionfish, whether thru documenteries, at aquarium or in real life experience and would have thought that a Lionfish would be the type you're better off evading. They are a predator within their own rights. The spikes and poison is a formidable defense it would seem, so therefore this has definitely been an educational experience to see the ease other predators eating this fish. Knowing that the Lionfish is an invasive species I think what the divers are trying to do is great👍keep up the keeping up guys and all the best in your ongoing fight👌

  • Christopher Wiley
    Christopher Wiley 2 years ago

    Wow you have to be really brave to do this kind of stuff.

  • Legendary Leon
    Legendary Leon Year ago +89

    Shark after eating a small pincushion: ”something don’t feel right”

  • nkryptchn 02
    nkryptchn 02 2 years ago +2

    This is a FANTASTIC idea !
    Rid our oceans of these pests. Granted, lionfish are awesome to look at but they kill everything in sight.
    Hats off Gentlemen good job

  • Six pest
    Six pest 8 months ago +1

    Reef sharks are so nice man.
    I wish I had like a 40,000gallon fish tank for one or even two of these awesome animals.

  • D E A D A C C O U N T
    D E A D A C C O U N T 2 years ago +1

    Wow awesome! Didn't know they can be taught to do that

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago

      they cannot, but they will take a habbit to lurk aroud humans for free food

  • darrick steele
    darrick steele Year ago

    Training predators to attack lionfish with human intervention turned out to not be as great an idea as previously thought.

  • Hairbylorainmckuil Hairbylorainmckuil

    It would be nice to record sharks and eels eating on their own- as hunting and eating them- Not feeding them. Can’t wait to see if they can actually learn how to do that!

  • LinuxBox
    LinuxBox 2 years ago

    I like this. No toxic anything. Just nature doing it's thing with a little help from other beings.

  • sToneForesT
    sToneForesT 3 years ago +162

    It’s so adorable how careful and worried the sharks are like “uhm? Human? Are you sure I can have this? Do you want me to eat this? Thank you human! Weeeeeeee........*off into distance*”

  • Koko
    Koko Year ago

    Fun fact, most sharks and similar predators eat fish that have injuries, are weakened and/or sick. This as a whole keeps the environment more clean and healthy. In this video, the sharks become more attracted to eating the lionfish after they are stabbed because they start to bleed, which the sharks can sense.

  • Tristan Toole
    Tristan Toole Year ago +1

    I was wondering how you'd "teach" them to avoid the spines. Looks like you're just feeding them. Still pretty cool.

    • Kitty /
      Kitty / Year ago

      @Proof Ostrich It's BOTH in the situation of this.

    • Proof Ostrich
      Proof Ostrich Year ago

      @Kitty / It’s not poison, it’s venom. Also they are teaching them to eat head-first, where the spines can’t inject venom.

    • Kitty /
      Kitty / Year ago

      Moray Eel's are immune to poison.

  • Satrick Ptar
    Satrick Ptar Year ago +1

    You know you just accept it when a random scuba-primate offers you a food.

  • CageFull OfEyes
    CageFull OfEyes Year ago

    The area where they're hunting these lionfish was probably, at one point, a thriving coral reef. It's a shame what's happened to it

  • TayTay HeyHey
    TayTay HeyHey Year ago

    As a child I was always afraid of eels at the aquarium. This video did not help my fear

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan Year ago

    It's like domesticating dogs or cats.
    Imagine if we had evolved as an aquatic species, what species we might have domesticated.
    Sharks instead of wolves. Manatees instead of cows.

  • xenjordan
    xenjordan Year ago

    thanks for controlling the invasive species population ! :)

  • Bonnita Claus
    Bonnita Claus 3 years ago

    If this works, it will help reduce the population a little. But they’re such prolific breeders. We still need a lot of fishing pressure on them.

  • Richard Lew
    Richard Lew 3 years ago +1940

    I'm just waiting for PETA to criticize the eradication of harmful invasive species

    • Jeremy Bree
      Jeremy Bree 10 months ago

      @Joanna they steal pets and kill them yet do nothing with actual problems. Whatever good they do other organisations do better yet peta also does a lot of very harmful things.

    • Rowan Melton
      Rowan Melton 10 months ago +1

      The only eradication they're in support of is that of stray dogs

    • Vasto
      Vasto Year ago +1

      @Beta 511ee "let nature take its course" stop watching anime and get out.

    • Tydrick Gay
      Tydrick Gay Year ago

      @EmeraldElfin 💯😆

  • RogerWilco
    RogerWilco Year ago

    I thought the lionfish are poisonous. They also have big needles.
    I am wondering if this is safe for the sharks and eels.
    You are not commenting on this issue.
    What research have you done to know that this does not harm the sharks and eels?

    • Kitty /
      Kitty / Year ago

      Whitetips are immune to venom as well as Moray Eel's.

  • Jimmy Carbonel
    Jimmy Carbonel 3 years ago +76

    Lion fish: natural predators? No
    Humans: hold my beer...

    • Ben Lubbers
      Ben Lubbers 8 months ago

      Sharks: "We have been apex predators since before these uppity lizards called rexes roamed the Earth. To quote my favourite hooman the John Cena, *are you sure about that*?"

  • Tom Doyle
    Tom Doyle 11 months ago +5

    In 10 Years when AI takes over: "Teaching Sharks, Eels, and Lionfish to work together to attack invasive humans"

    • team hammerhead
      team hammerhead 11 months ago

      Your comment wins the comment section 😂😂😂

  • grahamyodude
    grahamyodude Year ago +50


  • Samwich417 Uselton
    Samwich417 Uselton 3 years ago +3737

    Everyone, take a minute to learn from the experts in the comment section.

    • trillrif axegrindor
      trillrif axegrindor 18 hours ago

      @97bronx bite me

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago

      My friend, dont be irritated by commnents, people have opinions (not always great but still). What is you would like clarification about the lionfish?, tell me, I can probably help (but I am not an expert, I am just very experienced)

    • Jas Jas
      Jas Jas Year ago

      Why is the food spicy?

    • Graham Kight
      Graham Kight Year ago

      @97bronx actually sharks can be trained it’s just sort of different for example in aquariums they train the sharks to eat from poles and hand fed. That’s training. I mean you can’t really train them like dogs to sit and stuff but you can train them in some ways.

  • An R
    An R 7 months ago

    Does the venom negatively affect the sharks or eels?

  • huh
    huh 3 years ago +516

    Why did you really badly edit fake teeth into the shark in the thumbnail😂😂

    • Faronomus
      Faronomus Year ago

      @huh fr

    • huh
      huh Year ago

      @Faronomus A year later and I am still confused.

    • Faronomus
      Faronomus Year ago

      @Idontevenknow you know I just noticed that the lion fish in the thumbnail kinda looks like it’s been edited in the thumbnail as the lighting doesn’t match up with the image that wel

    • Idontevenknow
      Idontevenknow Year ago

      @Faronomus lol

    • Faronomus
      Faronomus Year ago

      @Idontevenknow I did lol

  • Tommy Doran
    Tommy Doran 2 years ago

    I'm all for taking as many lionfish as you can. Be careful that you're not inadvertently also teaching these sharks to get used to getting handouts from divers.

  • Vincent Baelde-Millar
    Vincent Baelde-Millar 8 months ago

    How do you get around the issue of the venomous spikes on the lionfish? Does it have much effect on the sharks and eels, or does it just cause them discomfort that they can learn to endure?

    • Mario Benedicto
      Mario Benedicto 8 months ago

      I'm pretty sure I read/heard in one of these videos that the lionfish venom doesn't do much to those predators... after all, if they died after eating the lionfish it'd defeat the purpose of feeding them the lionfish in the first place.

  • Madison Atteberry
    Madison Atteberry 3 years ago +65

    This might actually work. The last time I went diving in the open, we were around a coral reef and saw several lionfish when out from under one of the reef rocks (I think a black tip) and started to tear apart the lionfish. We couldn't figure it out. This might be the reason, though what is shown a different species of shark others could be teaching different shark species the same. Groupers have already been eating lionfish for a while now, yes, this could possible work.

    • Dream Maker
      Dream Maker Year ago +1

      @M T it’s not that simple, they do not early reproduce as fast and on the contrary it would be a good thing as it would kinda repair the some of the damage of our over fishing. See the more sharks are around a reef the healthier the reef is. Reefs that have no sharks left are generally already dead. We desperately need sharks so a spike in their population would be more than welcome...

    • Madison Atteberry
      Madison Atteberry Year ago +1

      @M T
      Well, after a while the species eating them should gain immunity to their venom, so it should be fine. I go down to the deep south parts of Florida and some of the restaurants will serve them, provided, they've got the stock. They go through Lionfish so quickly.

    • Madison Atteberry
      Madison Atteberry Year ago +1

      @M T Open season. Shark steaks are good and groupers are better.....eels- Uh.....that depends, never had eel......or maybe I have but can't remember?

  • kroakie4
    kroakie4 2 years ago

    If any animals could handle eating lion fish these two are definitely it. They’re both really tough and tenacious.

  • Khyrid
    Khyrid Year ago +3

    The Lionfish though wrongly that it would have no predators.
    Humans, the most predatory creature on the planet descend into the ocean and hold a master class on predation.
    Everybody benifits... except the lionfish

  • minimum bet small timer

    Aswesome to see someone create a way to feed good predators by killing invasive species such as a lion fish. Scariest point now is the can survive in fresh water aswell

  • Tim Beach
    Tim Beach Year ago +2

    I'm curious as to what happened to the shark or eel later, were they fine, did they get poisoned or did they choke on the spines?

    • trillrif axegrindor
      trillrif axegrindor 18 hours ago

      the diver stayed down the required 8 hours and then checked the sharks health ...............................

    • Kitty /
      Kitty / Year ago

      Moray Eel's are immune to poison, and actually have learned to make Lionfish a part of their diet.

  • Javier Rivera
    Javier Rivera 10 months ago

    Great idea I hope the sharks start to like that taste and get inmune from the poison those fishes produce .

  • scdriver007
    scdriver007 Year ago

    I love the simple mechanics of that spear

  • Claudson Lima
    Claudson Lima Year ago +1

    Mas não é prejudicial aos tubarões e enguias morder essas coisas?

  • AsianPersuasion
    AsianPersuasion Year ago +74

    2:38 holy shit that’s fast

    • The Socially Awkward Falcon 🇺🇦
      The Socially Awkward Falcon 🇺🇦 Year ago +1

      @Alex Fout Perhaps black marlins as well

    • Alex Fout
      Alex Fout Year ago +2

      whats even crazier is that sharks arent that fast compared to some other fish. you should see how fast a wahoo or a bonito swims

  • Beat Beast
    Beat Beast 3 years ago +2453

    *Lionfish have no predators, they said.*

    • The Ecocosmos
      The Ecocosmos Year ago

      @SpiralEntree they slip the cartilage in their feathers out to make the spines poke out, if they die then they can't, and they just dissolve the toxin and spines in stomach acid

    • Flan Leche
      Flan Leche Year ago

      @Telemachus Epiphany people said sharks and morays are immune to the venom in case their mouths get pricked.

    • a random guy with a green profile pic
      a random guy with a green profile pic Year ago

      There is three now
      Human shark eel

    • TheJestor
      TheJestor Year ago

      Musly Not really lethal to them, lionfish have the least venomous spines out of their family of fish.

  • Triston Ong
    Triston Ong 3 years ago +2

    Today my teacher got onto the topic of Lionfish, and mentioned: “They are so poisonous and feared that they have virtually no natural predators.”
    I laughed at him, took out my phone and showed him this video.

  • NotCisco  ***    APEX LEGENDS

    Can you imagine being a fish like
    “Wow, this neighborhood is so nice I’m glad I moved the whole family here. Oh wow this play has humans!
    Hey, what’s that human? A gift? For m-“
    *gets speared to near death before being eaten alive*

    • Adolf Sandia
      Adolf Sandia Year ago

      I mean, the Lionfish are an invasive species, so, imagine the same but with colonialists and natives

  • Richard Kuritz
    Richard Kuritz Day ago

    BRILLIANT!!! Let's get Stuart Dives in the Bahamas to use them for the SCUBA shark feeding dive excursions

  • glen
    glen Year ago

    Will this actually make them hunt them in the future or do they just think they are being fed weird food?

  • Gustav Gans
    Gustav Gans 6 months ago

    “I had the craziest thing happen to me today on Half Moon Wall after diving the Blue Hole in Belize today… The moray eels, barracuda, groupers and snappers all got VERY, VERY aggressive when I speared lionfish and really fought with each other in the middle of an otherwise inexperienced group of divers. Teeth were everywhere!
    The third lionfish I completely stoned but was blind-sided by a 5 or 6 foot barracuda from behind that came, maybe, 1 foot from my head, going at least 20 miles an hour, and tore into the fish at the end of my spear so hard that it ended up taking the entire sling with it. There was no saving the spear. The 4 other lionfish I saw on the rest of the dive gave me the middle finger and, I swear, I heard them laughing at me. When I was talking with the other divemasters on the way back, several of them showed me some serious scars they had all received from the moray eels and barracudas trying to get at the lionfish they had speared and remarked that they were surprised that the sharks didn’t show up, too.
    My thoughts: THERE IS NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO BE FEEDING LIONFISH TO ANYTHING ELSE AT THE END OF A SLING OR SPEAR. NONE. THIS CREATES DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR and there is no reason to believe that it is creating predators - just aggressive, opportunistic feeders.”

    • Jonas Eder
      Jonas Eder 4 months ago

      Oh yeah. Its actually not recommended to teach predators to feed from the spears since it makes them aggresive towards to divers. Well..

  • Wendigo
    Wendigo Year ago

    I wonder, what's the progress with this? Are the sharks and eels eating more of the lionfish on their own nowadays?

  • BaneRain
    BaneRain 11 months ago

    I've always seen humans beings as the immune system of life on earth. Currently we're more like an AIDS virus unfortunately, but we have the power to balance the world and help it flourish. Love seeing videos like this

    • Raptorzilla
      Raptorzilla 11 months ago

      We’re basically a fever, tries helping but kinda destroys in the process.

  • Holy Crusader
    Holy Crusader Year ago +3

    Imagine what the other lionfish were thinking: *Bro why are they teaching the sharks to eat off of forks with jimmy?*

  • Wana2dmax Max
    Wana2dmax Max 4 years ago +22

    Please keep doing this for the sake of our oceans!

    • Golden Ratio 1.6180
      Golden Ratio 1.6180 7 months ago

      He is just feeding fish, they ware not learning. to help you have to fish them out. its not difficult, but we have to get off our asses to do it

  • ThePilotX
    ThePilotX Year ago +150

    Why is it spicy

  • Pullout 500 RT now
    Pullout 500 RT now Year ago +2

    Probably the dopest thing I’ve witnessed on YT. No way I’d be ready to do this

    • David Muñiz
      David Muñiz Year ago

      Bruh you could do it too, lil bit of practice and now you black aqua man 😂

  • Janeil Nold
    Janeil Nold 3 years ago

    Don't the spines of the lion fish hurt the sharks and eels? Those spines have a venomous sting that are for defense against predators. It's one the main reasons they are so hard to get rid of and are populating like crazy!

  • K H
    K H 2 years ago

    I heard that the spines still work for a moment even though they were already dead. Then, Can sharks or eels be dead or damaged by the spines when the lionfish is in their stomach?

  • Patrick Explores
    Patrick Explores  3 years ago

    So my buddy booked this dive for us, and beforehand I didn't even know we were going to be spearing lionfish and feeding them to sharks. While spearing the lionfish I thought we were teaching the sharks to view lionfish as food and hopefully they'd start eating them on their own, but after doing some research it looks like the sharks haven't really caught on. And while it's probably not a great idea to get sharks to associate food with humans, at least these are Caribbean Reef Sharks which aren't known to be aggressive towards humans. Lionfish are pretty tasty so we should just spear them and make lots of lionfish sushi..mmmm.

    • Dream Maker
      Dream Maker Year ago

      Well the only danger is if you stick your hand out they might thing you feeding them but again if you stick your hand out towards a shark and lose it then it’s on you. You wouldn’t do it that with a lion why do it with a shark 🤷🏼‍♂️ however I wouldn’t do that with tiger sharks they’ll eat anything and you don’t want them to associate humans with food... any other shark it should be fine but you shouldn’t feed sharks unless it’s to get rid of invasive species. Also many species of sharks and groopers have started preying on them. It’s something that takes time. It’s not a question of dive once and feed then and then they’ll know, they have to see it as a good source of food and I have heard some struggle to digest it but bigger sharks shouldn’t have that problem. Groopers definitely don’t have that problem.

    • Rafael
      Rafael 3 years ago +1

      Nice video Bro