STORY: While lionfish are not known as social fish, they do often overlap territory where food is abundant and living conditions are ideal. Such is the case at the base or the Tangat wreck, the Morazon Maru, in Coron Bay, Philippines. These seven (there’s actually eight) black volitan lionfish (Pterois volitans) have taken up residence in this endangered black coral bush. Did you know that living black coral is actually red, orange, or rust brown? It’s only black after poachers rip it off the reef, dry it, polish it, and turn it into tacky jewelry, for display next to rhino horn and elephant tusks, etc. It’s much prettier alive than in grandma’s jewelry box, hidden from the world in embarrassment, right?!?! Anyway… thousands of cardinalfish take refuge in the black coral bushes. And this pride of lionfish lazily lie in wait until one swims within an inch or so of it’s mouth. They each probably consume ~10-15 of those cardinalfish per day.
You can see the outline of the Morazon Maru up above, as this perspective is looking up from under it’s starboard bow. Coron Bay is the resting site of multiple WWII shipwrecks, but it is not the most popular diving destination in the Philippines on account of it’s generally lower visibility.
For printing of this coral reef and lionfish artwork, The Pride is flexible for cropping away from it’s native ratio of 3:2 into 2:1 & 3:1 vertical panoramic art, or even a square, and is available in large art sizes up to a maximum of 150″ tall. You can purchase this luxury wall art online in our standard sizes, but if you’d like to discuss a custom crop or size, please contact one of our design consultants at the art gallery. Get this lionfish artwork printed on aluminum if your décor is more contemporary and has good lighting, or get it printed on canvas if your décor is more transitional or traditional, and the lighting isn’t set up for highlighting artwork. For canvas pieces, our silver floater frame compliments the tones in the fish and adds an elegant touch.