Rub and move: barracudas (Sphyraena barracuda) use swimming turtles as scraping surfaces in the south-western Atlantic
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 May 2009
The predaceous fish barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) is recorded rubbing itself against the carapace of moving hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, off north-eastern Brazil. To scrape against such a rough surface is probably employed by the fish to get rid of external parasites.
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