WhyReef - Fun Facts
A funny looking fish, the live sharksucker sports a large sucking disc on the top of its head! It uses this sucker to attach to other animals, usually sharks. It spends its days hitching a ride with a shark and eating the scraps of food it leaves behind. Since the live sharksucker gets a free ride and free food, without harming or benefiting the shark, their relationship is called commensalism. This is a symbiotic, or close, relationship, in which one animal benefits, and the other is neither helped nor harmed.
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