Nature has decorated some species with great care, coating them with beautiful colors, feathers, or as in the case of the Lion-Fish (Pterois volitans) with spines that look like feathers. The Lion-Fish spines move with elegance when the fish is floating, and warn the possible predator of its presence. With the spines it injects a strong protein-origin toxin extremely painful to humans.
This fish arrived at the Caribbean Ocean by accident; its origins are in the Indic and Pacific Ocean. It feeds on vast amounts of small fish, crustaceans and mollusks; they are able to eat up to 30 in half an hour. Since the Lion-fish does not have a natural predator in the Caribbean, it has become a threat to the survival of other species.
Being a protected area, the San Andres and Providencia Archipelago has authorizedthe harpoon fishing of the Lion-fish as a way to control the population. It has also been advertised all through the Caribbean as a soft white meat very good for human consumption.
The hunt of this beautiful fish is fairly easy since they are very meek animals. In Providencia the hunt is quite different, the fish are left in the water once they are killed and the reef shark feeds on them. The problem is that all animals are capable of being primed, so when the sharks perceive the sound of the boat's motor they start rising to the surface, and when the divers enter the water they start prowling between their fins. It is quite a show! Who doesn't want to see sharks in they're natural habitat? All divers do. Malpelo is another spot, perfect for this close encounters. In it's waters we can find large shoals of hammerhead shark, silk shark, and other shark species in fewer numbers. In Providencia though, their attitude is different, they swim by your side through the entire immersion, closer than what we are accustom to.
Trip to SAN ANDRES
Nov. 08th to 12th
Plan without air ticket to San Andrés:
Divers COP $ 1'310.000
Tourists COP $ 780.000
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