Experts say Mediterranean Sea altered by Suez Canal’s invasive species

Times of Israel | Jan 16, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  • AP — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.
  • Several other venomous species, including the aggressive lionfish, have established permanent colonies, creating a potential health hazard when they end up on plates of beach-side restaurants.
  • Egyptian experts also denied the invasions resulted directly from the Suez expansion.