Photograph by Christian Schlamann
Traveler Photo Contest entrant Christian Schlamann encountered this very friendly and curious lionfish in the Red Sea. Native to the reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific, lionfish have found their way to warm ocean habitats worldwide. In the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, the voracious predators are considered a destructive invasive species.
This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.