Whale shark and remoras

Whale shark and remoras

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) with several remoras (Echeneis naucrates) attaching to its under side. A small fish is swimming in front of the shark, so that it can be pushed along by the shark's propulsion. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, growing up to 18 metres in length. This harmless, solitary animal is found in tropical and warm waters throughout the world, except the Mediterranean. It is a filter feeder, straining plankton and small organisms from the water. Remoras have a symbiotic realtionship with large sea animals. They have a sucking disk on the top of their heads that they use to attach to their host. Photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt.

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