Remora friend

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by JohnE, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. JohnE

    JohnE Angel Fish

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    There I was, shore diving off Scuba Club Cozumel last week, and this lonely remora swam a fast bee line right to me. Man, these guys are genetically programmed to cling. They will not take no for an answer. I wasn't quite sure it wouldn't try some kind of painful attachment so I kept a good eye on him.

    I had my new little buddy (Raymundo) with me for the rest of the dive right up until I climbed out. Later another diver reported a strange fish (he had a similar pic) giving him the business.

    Anyone ever have a remora cuddle up?
     

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  2. vladimir

    vladimir Giant Squid

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    Yes. On the Great Barrier Reef I often had remoras trying to attach themselves, usually somewhere close enough to my crotch to get a reflexive recoil into the fetal position out of me. None ever successfully attached, but they kept me busy shooing them away. On the plus side, it seemed that on dives with remoras there were usually quite a few sharks too.
     
  3. Ghanguss

    Ghanguss Nassau Grouper

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    At the GBR on the Opsrey reef shark feed the remoras were flying everywhere in the frenzy.

    They swim over to the divers and size them up. A stern look usually sends them on their way:monkeydance:
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Common experience really. I had a barracuda do me that way once tho. :eek: All the way back to boat.
     
  5. Eau_Girl

    Eau_Girl Single Diver

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    In Fiji last October, I had a remora buddy that attached itself to me on one dive. He stayed with me for a good 30-40 minutes. Fortunately he swam off of his own accord before I started my ascent. I was in a 5mm so didn't feel a thing.
     
  6. diverkun

    diverkun Angel Fish

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    ramora.jpg

    This was an insta buddy from Roatan
     
  7. ringmod65

    ringmod65 Nassau Grouper

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  8. JohnE

    JohnE Angel Fish

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    Well, doesn't seem so bad then. I had a 2mm shorty so I was somewhat protected. I'll just ignore the next one.
     
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's okay until you have to explain a hickey...! :eek:

    Ever try to shoo a barracuda tho?
     
  10. ReefHugger

    ReefHugger Nassau Grouper

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    Your friend sure gets around.


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  11. Scotttyd

    Scotttyd Manta Ray

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    I was diving here in North Carolina and one attached itself to a rather plump diver, which made for a few good jokes during the SI.
     
  12. love2godeep

    love2godeep Barracuda

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    I was on a dive with a friend in the Philippines, and a remora attached to my friend. I thought it was pretty funny until the thing ditched my friend and settled onto me! It felt really weird, and it wouldn't leave until I got into shallow water and stood up!
     
  13. scubaskipper

    scubaskipper Scuba Instructor

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    I always noticed they seemed to pay more attention to the stinky divers. We had one site in the Bahamas they were there every week.
     
  14. vixtor

    vixtor Barracuda

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    I had one for a whole dive attached to me. Everybody around me was making shark signs and I didn't understood, as there wasn't any shark around.. (except for me, but I didn't know until I saw the pictures).

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  15. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny Buoyancy Babe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Just for clarification, the OP's photo is of a shark sucker, similar, but not the same as a remora.


    I had one want to attach to me once. I thought it might be fun, but I was diving in a shorty and he made a beeline for my inner thigh..I suddenly decided I didn't want to have to explain how I got that hickey ! LOL
     
  16. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That would vary by locally used common names, I think. "There are eight species in four genera" - some in the Remora genus, some in others commonly called remoras.

    This guy boarded one...

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  17. schaffld

    schaffld Divemaster Candidate

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    Oh please... tell me that was staged for our entertainment... :rofl3:
     
  18. TightLines

    TightLines Surface Interval Member

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    Had one attached to my bare leg for an entire dive recently.

    Kind of an odd feeling but I just decided to deal with it. Any time I pulled him off he'd just come back.
     
  19. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny Buoyancy Babe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ya think? No dive gear on the boat.. just fishing poles..
     
  20. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Tech Diver

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    Yes I have. I was on my first live aboard trip (Blackbeard's). I was doing my safety stop when 2 of them swam up to me. At first I thought the where interesting looking, not knowing what the were. Then they kept getting closer & closer:D,.... Soon I was kicking them away with my fins, then I decided "screw the safety stop,... I'm outta here":outtahere:. I ascended a bit quickly & the crew saw what I was running from & died laughing. They then explained what they were & that they were jsut trying to attach to me. Needless to say, I was scarred for life:D:rofl3: .
     

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