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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.
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.
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.