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Dangerous Beauty by albertoguerra Dangerous Beauty by albertoguerra
The Lionfish
Pterois volitans

Watercolor 47x33 cm.

Detail: [link]

This nice fish is native from the Pacific and Indic Ocean, he is a versatil and voracious predator.
He can eat 6% of his weight in a day and expand its stomach 30 times its size and he could spend 3 months without taste a snack!
Also the female put about 2 million eggs several times in a year. In his natural conditions he mantains a balance with his preys and predators, but now he became in a problem: he is expanding as plague in the Atlantic ocean and Caribbean sea, where he has not natural predators and is very hostil with "paceful" species for those seas...

But why he is in the Atlantic ocean? 6 species was accidentally delivered in Florida USA, during hurricane Andrew, from a domestic aquarium. Sometimes people set them free in the sea, because he grows too much and becomes very hostil with another fishes. His favourite prey is the Parrot fish (a very important builder of coral reefs), and mero larvae

Now he is finishing with entire populations of native Caribbean fishes, unbalance the natural equilibrium.
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EvelinaD Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :worship: The background is really beautiful and makes the painting perfect :love:
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albertoguerra Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hej Evelina, tack mycket for your comments! :dance:
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LisaCrowBurke Oct 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is a gorgeous watercolor! it's a shame though that they're so destructive.
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albertoguerra Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comments and the fave! :D

Well, they are so destructive because they arenīt in their habitat, unfortunately the man made this damage, and now it became a problem.
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LisaCrowBurke Oct 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I hear they're even worth money for each fish you catch and bring in to fish & wildlife services. :nod:
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albertoguerra Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeap, here in Mexico also they give some money for each lionfish you capture. Then they give it to some aquarium.
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CamillaMalcus Oct 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great work! I love how the focus seems to be on the head. Beautiful detail and amazing background. Have you used salt for the "feathering" effect?
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albertoguerra Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tack Camilla!.. Yes I used salt for the right side of the background, then I smooth aplying 2 or 3 layers of light color.
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CamillaMalcus Oct 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
De nada!
It's a very nice contrast to the texture of the fish.
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