Dugong and remoras

Dugong and remoras

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dugong (Dugong dugong) with a remora (Echeneis naucrates) attached to its side. The dugong is a herbivorous marine mammal found in shallow, tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It can grow to three metres in length and 400 kilograms in weight. Early seafarers believed dugongs to be mermaids. Remoras have a symbiotic relationship with large sea animals. They use a sucking disk on the top of their heads to attach to their host. They clean the host's skin of parasites and the host's presence protects the remoras from predators. Photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt.

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