We did a quick questions and answers session with Tyler.
Read below to see what he has to say about scuba, ZooKeeper, conservation and more.
Question: What was your first experience with a Lionfish?
“My first experience with a lionfish was in 2015 when I purchased a Zookeeper. I got stung trying to get it off the spear. I learned the need for heat to denature the sting. Capt Jim at Loggerhead showed me the trick of heating up a wet towel on the engine block and wrapping it around my finger.”
Question: How do you compare the ZooKeeper to other containment units? Why?
“Far superior! It is modular so I can take it apart for cleaning, part replacement and plus I can see all my catch to show off on the dive boat.”
What does conservation mean to you and how do you make a difference personally?
“Conservation has recently taken on new meaning. As a new dad, I want the ocean to be even better and more pristine for my son to see when he starts diving. Personally, I pick up as much marine debris as I can safely during dives. I also make choices like using reusable containers daily instead of single-use plastics and styrofoam.”