Sea Turtle with Remoras

This week’s featured photo is a green sea turtle that happened to have three large remoras (suckerfish) alog for the ride. This was a common sight during several trips to the white sandy paradise of Akumal Beach, Mexico.

During the hours I spent snorkeling and swimming with the sea turtles the remoras stayed continually attached to their hard-shelled hosts. It didn’t matter if the sea turtles were on the sandy bottom eating sea-grass, swimming from one location to another, or surfacing to breath – the remoras weren’t letting go. It was interesting to see that they change their position, from the top of the shell to underneath the turtles when they did rise to the surface.