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Cleaner shrimp

Lysmata amboinensis


tropical waters


Indonesian Divemaster and cleaner shrimp. In situ.

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dotun55 7 years ago

Really I wouldn't mind one of those in my mouth anytime my brush gets incompetent. This is the first human-animal relationship I've seen maybe on the entire web, and definitely a disturbing one at that. The first thought that popped in my head at the first glance at the image was, "whose mouth is this; horse or human?" :-)

KarenL 9 years ago

Ole, I've created a new mission for Symbiotic relationships & would appreciate it if you could add this spotting!

Ole Johan Brett
Ole Johan Brett 9 years ago

The divemasters just told me that the shrimps is still doing the same job 5 years after this picture.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

I still prefer my toothbrush. :-)

Atul 9 years ago

wow underwater dental cleaning !!!!!
really cool

FianaShapiro 9 years ago

weeiird. and neat.

Ole Johan Brett
Ole Johan Brett 9 years ago

The cleanershrimps do that on special cleaning stations and if they get used to divers it is the same for the shrimps if it is a human or a fish mouth. They were not forced to do this, it comes natural.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

I wonder what kind of humorous, accidental discovery that must have been to realize the shrimp was flossing human teeth.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

who is cleaning who. Makes a great dental floss. HA!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

most people use fingers, not teeth, to point to a little critter - but this is definitely a "unique" way to present a living shrimp. :-)

windmustache 9 years ago

Hahaha I love this picture.

Ole Johan Brett
Ole Johan Brett 9 years ago

Yes Juan

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

is this a human mouth?

Ole Johan Brett
Ole Johan Brett 9 years ago


TaufikSalleh 9 years ago

love the shrimp job...

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago


ceherzog 9 years ago

Holy Mackerel....awesome!!!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

I love action shots!

Elsa 9 years ago

That is one wild picture! Very cool!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Lol !

Ole Johan Brett
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Ole Johan Brett

Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Spotted on Sep 26, 2011
Submitted on Sep 26, 2011

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