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.
This photo is awesome. I’ve swam with sea turtles many times, but never have seen such a sight!
That is a cool picture. I like how they know when to change positions.
Would dearly love to swim with turtles one day. Great photo! Do you know if there’s a purpose to the fish. Do they clean the shell perhaps?
I’m not sure the turtles enjoy any benefits, I believe they’re just along for a free ride, or meal.
This green sea turtle looks just amazing. How did you manage to take such a great snapshot? I’m in love with this photo.
It took a lot of attempts to get good ones.. between the sand stirring, the turtle moving, holding my breath and getting the camera to focus it’s not easy 🙂
What an amazing photo! I once snorkelled with a sea turtle and it was one of the most enchanting experiences I’ve had. You’re a very talented photographer to get such a beautiful photo.