Bioinspired Biotelemetry of Endangered Marine Organisms
Remoras are fishes that can attach to any surface, and hang on at high speeds and great depth. By learning the functional morphology behind this remarkable feat, we are developing a new non-invasive, long-term, reversible biotelemetry tag to use in marine ecology research, with a special interest in aiding the conservation of endangered marine migratory organisms.
ONR NURP grant will aid the effort
A grant by the Naval Undersea Research Program will help us in adding an energy harvesting device to the tag for future long term monitoring projects.
We learned how remoras sense when they can attach or are sliding off a host
Cohen et al. 2020. Knowing when to stick: touch receptors found in the remora adhesive disc. Royal Society Open Science 7: 190990. PDF
We learned how the disc muscles control adhesion
Cohen et al. 2020. Sucker with a fat lip: the soft tissues underlying the viscoelastic grip of remora adhesion. Journal of Anatomy doi.org/10.1111/joa.13227