The reason I’v uploaded this clip is after a discussion on Reddit and the fact that there (currently) are no other videos on YouTube documenting this rare phenomenom. The clip and an interview got featured by the Daily Mail (UK)
Remora on a spotted dolphin. (Photo by Jessica Aschettino, Cascadia Research Collective).
Encountering a persistent remora can be scary for a diver and possibly cause panic that can lead to a perilous outcome if not managed correctly.
See video clip of a persistent remora trying to attach to a scuba diver below.
This diver keeps his composure well when an inquisitive remora takes an interest in him.
Read On for more about these strange fish
They look creepy and slimy enough, as though they are sucking the blood of their host, but remoras are not giant leeches – it turns out that while not entirely benign, remoras do little harm to their hosts in normal circumstances.
They don’t even hang on with their mouths; instead one of the fins on top has developed into a gripping surface that is used to clamp onto a passing whale or dolphin. When viewed from above, the gripping disk looks like the sole of a running shoe, which the fish controls with the aid of tiny barbs that help hook to the skin. Some species can reach the length of over thirty inches.(Wikipedia).
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