Science: Remora

As Simon Lake, modern submarine inventor, pondered ways of rescuing the crews of foundered submarines, he recalled the remora. The remora is an astute fish. It has on the top of its head a fin modified uniquely into a sucker organ. As everyone who has fished off the Bermudas or among the West Indies knows, when the remora wishes to locate food he attaches himself with his sucker to some larger form of marine life—sharks, turtles or the like, even boats.

The remora's sucker fin gave Inventor Lake his rescue idea. He built a large, long, flexible pipe with a contractile device...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!