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Common remora (Remora remora)

The common remora is a pelagic marine fish belonging to family Echeneidae. The common remora is different from other remoras in the family Echeneidae by the modification of its dorsal fin. The dorsal fin, which has 22 to 26 soft rays, acts as a suction cup, creating a vacuum to allow it to attach to larger marine animals, such as whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. This species can reach 86.4 cm (34.0 in) in total length, though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). This species does not seem to have a negative effect on its host. The host provides the remora with fast-moving water to bathe its gills, a steady flow of food, transportation, and protection. The common remora’s attachment to one host can last for up to three months. During this time, the remora can move its attachment site if it feels threatened. The common remora cannot survive in still water; it needs water flow over its gills to provide it oxygen. This remora is commonly found in warm marine waters and have been seen in the western Mediterranean and the Atlantic, as well as the North Sea.

photo credits: rling, hypescience, richard ling, divebums


Sea Turtle Rehab and Conservation

Rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, Pine Tyme, is enjoying a nice “spa treatment” before her release this Friday!

The great folks at The Turtle Hospital have been taking excellent care of this juvenile loggerhead, and now that she’s feeling 100% healthy, it’s time to send her back home to the ocean!

Join us on Friday, Aug. 15 at 1pm on Sombrero Key, FL, to wish her good luck on her Tour de Turtles journey!

Read Pine Tyme’s full bio online: Here

(via: Sea Turtle Conservancy)


TSA Turtle Tuesday: Western Tent Tortoise

Did you know that the Western Tent Tortoise (Psammobates tentorius trimeni) gets its name from the tent-like shape of its shell which forms naturally over time?

Considered an endangered species, this small and colorful tortoise can be found in arid and rocky environments in Namibia and South Africa. They like to feed on small succulents but are generally considered omnivorous. During droughts they will remain dormant for long periods of time by burrowing into sandy soil at the base of low shrubs and emerge after rains return.

They can drink water by raising their rear legs so that the morning dew which has collected on their shell can drain along its groves to their forelimbs so they can sip it.

Photograph: TC/BCC Eric Goode

(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

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