The spines employees are removing are kind of a big deal, as they can cause "extreme pain, sweating, respiratory distress, and even paralysis," according to the NOAA. But, luckily for Whole Foods' shoppers, once the spines are removed and the fish is placed on ice, the flesh of the Lion Fish is totally safe to eat. Otherwise, Whole Foods would have a pretty major lawsuit on its hands. Oh and apparently the fish tastes like snapper. Why not just eat snapper?
Well, actually, back in 2010 NOAA issued a campaign to encourage people to eat Lion Fish, which are abundant in the waters from North Carolina to South America and are destroying Florida's reef ecosystems. Basically, the non-native Lion Fish is eating all the other organisms, so humans need to eat it to balance things out. That’s one of the reasons this dangerous fish is now in Whole Foods’ seafood section.