Lucky Michelle Kosinski landed an assignment to Nassau for NBC's animal closer. It was really a serious environmental story of the degradation of marine ecosystems by the infestation of an exotic species. But, hey, it is still a weekend in the Bahamas. The lionfish belongs in the Pacific Ocean--or in tropical pet fish tanks in households--but is now spreading across coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean where it finds no natural predator and is gobbling up the natives. Marine biologists have performed DNA analysis on lionfish up and down the Atlantic seaboard and reckon that the entire infestation is the offspring of six ancestors. They swam into the ocean from a Florida aquarium that was destroyed in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew.
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