THE LIONFISH INVADER!
Scientific names: Pterois volitans (red lionfish) and Pterois miles (devil firefish). The lionfish is a carnivorous fish native to the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Somehow, the fish found its way across the globe and invaded The Bermuda Triangle, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coastline of the USA.
Considered a top predator with a lifespan of up to 15 years, the invasive lionfish competes for food with native fish species. There are no known enemies to keep the voracious eaters in check. A mature female lionfish has a year-long reproductive cycle and can produce up to two million eggs per year.
Lionfish spines are venomous with venom glands located within two grooves of the spine. A sting lasts for days causing extreme pain, sweating, respiratory distress, and possibly paralysis. The venom is a combination of protein, a neuromuscular toxin and acetylcholine - a neurotransmitter. If stung, IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention!
Fans of the Stargate movies and television series will see the similarity to a Moongate. Unfortunately, it is not a functioning Stargate and cannot be converted into one. Just step through one and your imagination can take you anywhere! Originally of Chinese design, Moongates were brought to Bermuda in the late 19th century thanks to the British fascination with Chinese culture. The Chinese gate design served as an ornamental entrance way to homes and gardens.
In Bermuda, the Moongate became a national icon. There are approximately forty, free-standing gates spread out across the island. It is considered good luck for newlyweds to walk through the gates right after being married. Moongates present a fantastic photo opportunity for newlyweds, tourists, and locals.
Gombey dancers are a quintessential symbol of Bermuda reflecting a mix of African, Caribbean, and British cultures. You will be amazed by the colorful costumes, energetic performers, music with a beat, and dancing that never seems to end. A must see when in Bermuda. Check out this awesome video!
Dive to an underwater city built for the dead. Modeled after the Lost City of Atlantis, Neptune Memorial Reef is a 16 acre (six-hectare) underwater labyrinth of stone roads, carved lions and enormous Roman columns. A cemetery dedicated to diving heroes that rests 40 feet (12 meters) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Encompassing approximately 70 nautical square miles, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the first undersea park in the U.S. Take you pick of activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, scuba diving or snorkeling. The famous statue of Jesus Christ is a favorite SCUBA diving and snorkeling site.
Visit Mosquito Bay, the world's most bioluminescent bay! Officially declared the brightest in the world by Guinness Book of World Records in 2008. The night sky and waters emit a blue glow from the half-plant, half-animal microorganisms called dinoflagellates. More than 700,000 bioluminescent dinoflagellates per gallon of bay water. Another wonder in The Bermuda Triangle.