The fish has a suction device located on top of his head end. He sucks onto larger sea creatures for a free ride and missed food particles from the feeding of his host.
A large Remora fish is attracted to the big fat belly of my swim buddy, a chief petty officer and master diver. We are coming up slowly from a fairly deep dive, decompressing. The chief whips out his trusty rusty diving knife to ward of the intruder. In the process the chief rips a gash in his hand. The flowing blood looks green/black due to our depth.
The chief is having a bad day. On our first dive of the day a large horny loggerhead turtle attempted to mount him. On the second dive a hammerhead shark amused us for a few minutes. Now on this dive he is dueling with the harmless Remora. I am thinking with all his blood in the water he will soon be dueling a shark. I am glad that does not happen,
Some years later in the Aztec Blue water off Charleston, South Carolina a Remora fish demonstrates an interest in my swim buddy, our diving officer. The diving officer becomes quite up set by the intentions of his fishy admirer. I flash my blue Voit Viking swim fins in the grinning face of the Remora and his attention is redirected to the fins. He follows me and my fins all the way to the nine man rubber raft we are working from. The expression of the Remora's face is a happy one, looks like he is grinning all the time.
Many years later I am fishing off a shrimp trawler anchored up in twenty fathoms of water off the Georgia coast. I hook into a good size fish and work him slowly to the boat. He is a large Remora. His grin is colored red and broken by my wicked treble hook. I try to remove the hook without further damage. I am not successful but I release him back to the water. He swims a crooked path with his broken smile and leaves a trail of blood as he slowly swims away.
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