Habitat

The bluefish is pelagic but generally is found inshore off headlands and beaches and enters brackish water habitats, such as estuaries, to forage. Dolphinfishes are pelagic in surface

Modified dorsal fin of the remora, which allows it to stick to large fish and take a "free ride." (Illustration by Emily Damstra)

waters but also move inshore to forage, usually at insular localities where deep water is close to shore. The roosterfish prefers inshore areas, particularly sandy beaches; this species also frequents the water column away from beaches. Juveniles appear in tide pools. The remoras utilize their hosts as a microhabitat, whether swimming in surface waters of the pelagic realm or in inshore habitats.

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