5 Interesting Facts About Slender Sharksuckers

Here is a slender sharksucker attached to a zebra shark

Here is a slender sharksucker attached to a zebra shark

Today I want to write about a fish with a really cool name, the slender sharksucker.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Also known as live sharksuckers or remoras these skinny little fish grow to about 1 metre long, but not many get that big.
  2. Slender sharksuckers have a strange disc on top of their head that they use to attach themselves to a host, which can include sharks, dolphins, rays, whales and turtles.
  3. They are very poor swimmers and don’t have a swim bladder to help them remain buoyant in the water, so they save a lot of energy by hitching a ride.  They eat the leftover food from their host and even eat their poo.
  4. When they first hatch from their eggs, baby slender sharksuckers measure less than 1 cm long.  They swim around by themselves for the first year of their lives until they grow about 3 cm long and then they find a host to attach to.
  5. Slender sharksuckers are the most common member of their family and are found in shallow waters and reefs in warm waters around the world.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about slender sharksuckers?

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