sucking fish


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Related to sucking fish: pilot fish, remoras
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Noun1.Sucking fish - marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objectssucking fish - marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Echeneididae, family Echeneidae, family Echeneididae - fishes having a sucking disk on the head for clinging to other fishes and to ships
Echeneis naucrates, sharksucker - remoras found attached to sharks
Remilegia australis, whale sucker, whalesucker - large blue Pacific remora that attaches to whales and dolphins
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To escape his terrible flailings, I seized hold of my harpoon-pole sticking in him, and for a moment clung to that like a sucking fish. But a combing sea dashed me off, and at the same instant, the fish, taking one good dart forwards, went down like a flash; and the barb of that cursed second iron towing along near me caught me here (clapping his hand just below his shoulder); yes, caught me just here, I say, and bore me down to Hell's flames, I was thinking; when, when, all of a sudden, thank the good God, the barb ript its way along the flesh --clear along the whole length of my arm --came out nigh my wrist, and up i floated; --and that gentleman there will tell you the rest (by the way, captain --Dr.
"Fish screens are used to keep from sucking fish into the tank and water flow is adjusted to ensure fish are not sucked up against those screens," Wieman says.