Remoras

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Orleander, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Remora's attach themselves to turtles and other sea animals. Have they ever attached themselves to scuba divers? can they attach to a human?
     
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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    They could but they find humans rather hard to get "attached" to for many reasons.

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  5. Naturelles Future Scientist Registered Senior Member

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    They also attach to sharks right?

    And they probably don't attach to humans as we're a new animal in their environment maybe?
     
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  7. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    Humans don't spend much time in the ocean, so why would they waste their time trying to develop a symbiotic relationship? I'm sure they could if they wanted to though.
     
  8. draqon Banned Banned

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    remoras will not benefit much from attaching themselves to humans as a good transport nor for food collection since humans mainly swim a short period of time and usaully cover little volume of water when swimming so they are bad at collecting food on them as well...commensalism exhibited by remoras works only when their host gives them benefit in attaching.

    Of course that does not mean there will not be isolated incidents, or people purposely trying to have them attached on themselves to look cool with the girls.

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  9. draqon Banned Banned

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    By the way this makes me think...remoras actually eat parasites on their hosts when they attach to their hosts using vacuum pipes...it is harmless, but whats more it might be quite beneficial...imagine using remoras to get rid of parasites on skin! Health idea people.

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    An account of one of the divers:

     
  10. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    So 'scuba skin' isn't like any other animals. Would they be confused by its texture?
     
  11. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    Probably not in any sucky position considered beneficial to said human...

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    Anyway, I would think that they could attach, but probably wouldn't because of the relatively short amount of time humans spend in water. This lack of opportunity, coupled with mostly an absence of bloody food stuff about, probably discourages such behavior - I think remoras hitch rides to find food, right?
     
  12. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    they don't hitch a ride for a ride? Save energy?
     

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