Sharksucker

Sharksucker
Sharksucker
Echeneididae (Remoras)
Echeneis naucrates
0 to 100+ ft
The body is slender and of variable color. A prominent broad black stripe runs from the tip of the protruding jaw, through the eye, to the end of the tail. The first dorsal fin has evolved into a sucking disc, allowing the sharksuccker to attach itself to other fish, sharks, or even turtles. The sharksucker grows to a length of 3 feet (90 cm). The sharksucker is found worldwide in warm water. It may be free-swimming or attached to a host by way of the sucking disc on its back. Sharksuckers will attach themselves to a wide variety of hosts including sharks, large bony fishes, turtles, or even boats and swimmers! They are not parasitic, however. They benefit from the "free ride" they get and any scraps of food the host may miss. They may approach divers and attempt to latch on, but they are completely harmless and can be easily pushed off.

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