A Caribbean reef shark samples a Pacific lionfish at Cordelia Banks in Honduras

Central America’s Mesoamerican Reef is half the length of its famous Australian counterpart but in many ways more remarkable.   A Caribbean reef shark samples a Pacific lionfish at Cordelia Banks in Honduras. A few spiny lionfish escaped from an aquarium 20 years ago, and today they’re a plague, preying on the reef’s fish population. Scientists are helping sharks acquire a taste for the invaders by feeding them speared lionfish.   Image © Brian Skerry/National Geographic     Larger image

A whale shark
Image © Brian Skerry/National Geographic



A whale shark, biggest of fishes, hangs out with small fry off the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula.

October 2012 issue of National Geographic

Images are in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands September 25.

A trumpetfish hangs in the coral gardens
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A trumpetfish hangs in the coral gardens of Lighthouse Reef atoll off Belize.



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