About Nigel Coles

Hi my name is Nigel Coles. I used to live in Bristol, England but after a change in direction we moved overseas to work in the scuba diving industry. After a time in Thailand, for the last 8 years I have been living with my wife Deby, in the East End of Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands. I’m a dive instructor, working for Tortuga Divers, part of the Red Sail group. I spend my day on dive boats, training students and taking our guests on dive trips. It’s a hard life but someone has to do it

Lionfish facts

Have you ever wondered about all the interesting lionfish facts, but didn’t want to spend hours and hours hunting through google. Well here’s my list of what I think are the most interesting lionfish facts:- Lionfish have 18 needle sharp spines that contain venom which includes a protein, a neuromuscular toxin and a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, all used for protection against predators.  Read here about the lionfish spines and check out my macro photos. Lionfish eat … Continue reading

What eats lionfish?

Lionfish actually come from the Indo-Pacific and the Red Sea, and there, in their native habitat, they have a number of predators that have been catching and eating them for millennia. Those predators that are known to definitely eat lionfish are as follows: Sharks Eels Grouper Cornetfish Frogfish Scorpionfish. So which of those predators living in the Western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are known to have added the lionfish to their … Continue reading

Lionfish spines

Lionfish have an amazing defense system made up of 18 venomous spines. Have a look at my picture below which shows exactly where those 18 venomous lionfish spines are strategically positioned. You can see there are 13 spines towards the front and middle of the dorsal fin. There is 1 spine at the front (top) on each of the two pelvic fins, and there are 3 spines at the front of the anal fin. All … Continue reading

Puncture proof gloves for lionfish hunting

It is very important to protect your hands from being stung by lionfish whether you are catching them underwater or you are removing their spines on the surface. I have been reviewing all the possible puncture proof gloves that are available on Amazon. Here are some of the best puncture proof gloves that you can buy today. I have paid special attention to price, spine resistance, comfort, the ones that received the best reviews and … Continue reading

Lionfish hunting and sharks

When I first came to the east end of Grand Cayman in July 2007 we did see the odd Caribbean Grey Reef shark, but they were always off in the distance. I would take a group of customers diving and the divers near the front with me would be the only ones who saw it, and then only for the briefest of moments. However, on some of our deep wall sites here on the east … Continue reading

Lionfish – a group shooting strategy

Have you ever swam up to an area completely covered in lionfish and thought LOTTERY WIN? Or if you haven’t got a polespear then you probably thought NIGHTMARE! Here in Grand Cayman we have a lot of rock structures mainly in the form of a mini wall somewhere between about 25 / 30 ft deep going down to about 50 / 55 ft deep. This is where I do most of my hunting and sometimes … Continue reading

Lionfish hunting using a mini sub to help you

As a scuba diver we have two main options to move us around underwater – leg power or DPV’s (diver propulsion vehicles). However, these guys have something much cooler. How about getting a tow ride around on a mini sub and have its lights shine into the dark holes to find those dam lionfish.   So I hope you enjoyed that awesome video, that was the last part of a written article. If you want to read … Continue reading

Local intervention is critical in culling lionfish

It is absolutely critical that in an area that has been invaded by lionfish that action is taken. As a dive site or area is cleared one day the process of lionfish re-colonizing that area starts straight away. The larvae drift along in ocean currents from remote and unmanaged habitats looking for a nice shallow reef area to set up home. Here on Grand Cayman lots of people do take action to try to control … Continue reading

Lionfish cookbook

For those of you who can cook, then here is a cookbook that is dedicated just to some of the best and tastiest lionfish recipes. This book gives you information on how to effectively catch, handle and prepare lionfish. There is nothing better than catching a lionfish and having it cooked to perfection and ready to eat only a few hours later. However, if you are not a culler it doesn’t matter. If you can buy lionfish … Continue reading

Thermal-electric heater for sting treatment

Anyone who has suffered a lionfish sting knows that it hurts like hell. And sometimes hot water is not always available, or there isn’t enough for the long journey home to reduce the pain. Well technology has come to the rescue in the form of a gadget to help ease that suffering. Thermal-electric heater for sting treatment A portable battery operated heating and cooling device which is ideal for treating lionfish stings. Since the lionfish … Continue reading