You've probably heard of the turkeyfish by its more common name, lionfish, but around the world it has many monikers—so why turkeyfish? It's because its fabulous fins, when widely spread, resemble a turkey's tail as well as a lion's mane! At the Aquarium, you can see this fancy-looking fish for yourself in our Splash Zone exhibit.
The lionfish can grow up to 15 inches long and weigh up to 2.6 pounds. It's native to reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific but, unfortunately, this fish was introduced to waters off the U.S. East Coast in the mid-1980s and it's now a destructive invasive species from the mid-Atlantic through Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and into Central and South America. One way you can help fight invasive species like lionfish is to eat them: Seafood Watch now lists lionfish from the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico as a "Best Choice."