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
Of all the lionfish recipes that are out there, this is by far my absolute favorite: (Click to open in a new window) The reason why it is my favorite recipe is because I have cooked lionfish fish cakes many times and I love them, my wife regards them as addictive and everyone else who has had them want more. Lots more! People invite themselves round for dinner so we can make them more of … Continue reading →
Just like many things in life, knowing how to fillet a lionfish is a real skill. I have a fillet knife at home which I keep very sharp but like most things in life, you have to practice to become, and remain, good at something. When I haven’t cut up a lionfish for a month or two then my filleting is rubbish. But 4 or 5 fish later and it all comes back to me, … Continue reading →
Well it has got to be said “When I’m around NOT very long, HA HA”. Here on Grand Cayman where I live we have a UNIQUE opportunity to control lionfish. We will never be able to eradicate them completely but we can, and are, controlling their numbers. Grand Cayman is only 22 miles long by about 4 miles wide and most importantly it has a very small coastal shelf. This is a view of part … Continue reading →
Lionfish is its common name, the most widely used common name. Other common names that people use for the lionfish around the world are: Zebrafish Firefish Turkeyfish Red lionfish Butterfly cod Ornate butterfly-cod Peacock lionfish Red firefish Scorpion volitans Devil firefish Dragonfish. The scientific classification is as follows: Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Class – Actinopterygii Order – Scorpaeniformes Family – Scorpaenidae Subfamily – Pteroinae Genus – Pterois The dictionary definition of the genus … Continue reading →
With a little help from a big friend you will see in the video below a Nassau grouper eating a small healthy lionfish. Sorry about the sound – you may want to mute that. However, if you want to hear the reaction of the diver keep it on a low volume. The actual eating part takes place near the end of the video, at 2:20 into the video. The video was taken recently by a … Continue reading →
If you like to own the best of everything in life and you are a lionfish hunter, then you should buy yourself a Zookeeper Lionfish Container. Better still get someone to buy it for your birthday or Christmas. The Zookeeper Lionfish Container unit is a high quality product that provides near puncture proof storage of your lionfish while diving. The back end has drains which will not allow spines to poke out and the back … Continue reading →
So I thought it was about time I opened up a few lionfish, so that we could have a look inside a lionfish stomach. What exactly have they been eating? In a previous post I told you about “What do lionfish eat?“. Now lets see inside a few stomachs and see what we can see. This is a collage of photos showing the contents of just one lionfish I cut up at the end of … Continue reading →
This question is a no brainer to me. Why would anyone want to hunt, shoot, torture and eventually kill a lion? Lions are magnificent creatures and they are the king of the “jungle” (savanna & grassland). These apex predators should be left alone to do what they do best – lots of sleeping and then some awesome hunting, protecting their family and roaming their territory looking cool. Why do people enjoy this sort of activity, … Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered how you can remove all the 18 venomous spines from a lionfish? Well I’ve produced a short video showing me removing the spines from three lionfish. For cleaning lionfish you will need a good pair of sharp tin snips and some puncture proof gloves – see my other post Puncture proof gloves for lionfish hunting. It is always a good idea to wear a pair of puncture proof gloves while handling lionfish … Continue reading →
Amazingly cannibalism has been recorded in over 1500 species in the animal kingdom. There is a long history of cannibalistic humans in such countries as Fiji, The Solomon Islands, Liberia, The Congo etc. Humans as a form of food were referred to as “long pigs” in some civilizations. Well it now turns out that lionfish are resorting to cannibalism. Katie Pyzyk published a post in the National Geographic on the 23rd July 2015 highlighting the … Continue reading →
Lionfish kills to date
10,874 up to 30th June 2021.
I’ve also sold 5,337 pounds of lionfish to local restaurants etc.