A scientist wearing scuba gear carefully captures a lionfish off the coast of North Carolina. Note the protective gloves he is wearing! Later, this specimen will be dissected and its stomach contents examined to determine what it has been eating. Scientists will also look at its reproductive status to determine its sex and whether or not it is reproducing. (Photo credit: Paula Whitfield)

An adult lionfipicture of a Lionfish taken in August 2002 at a depth of about 240 ft over the Outer Shelf Reefs off Cape Fear, North Carolina