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Remora

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Remoras are primarily open-ocean dwellers, occasionally found in coastal waters.

The Remora uses a sucking disc on the top of its head to obtain rides from other animals such as large sharks and sea turtles.

They feed on leftover food fragments of their host.
General Description
The head of the Remora is rather long and flattened with the lower jaw projecting beyond the upper.

Their color is blackish to brownish.
Did You Know?
In ancient times, sailors believed that the Remora could stop a ship from sailing.

The adhesive power of their sucking disks is so great that the natives of some tropical regions use Remoras to catch sea turtles by attaching lines to their tails. When the Remoras "suction cups" to a sea turtle the natives just pull it in.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Remoras are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

Anglers can catch Remora by drifting with live or pieces of cut fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Remoras caught by anglers average around 15 inches.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Remoras are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Remoras are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.