Sunday, 13 October 2013

Teenage diver has teeth cleaned by a shrimp after waiting patiently in queue of fishes

Having your teeth picked clean by a shrimp after enticing it into your mouth is certainly more exotic than using a tube of toothpaste.

Young diver Russell Laman had tiny bits of food removed by the cleaner shrimp after waiting in line with a queue of fish, in Bali, Indonesia.

‘It felt like tiny little dentists picking away at my teeth and scuttling around my mouth,’ said the 13-year-old.

‘It tickled a little but not too badly.’

The teenager said he thought having the fish cater to his dentistry needs would be ‘cool’.

He added: ‘It is a large part of the ecosystem underwater and many fish rely on the shrimp so I decided to rely on them as well.’

Russell’s father, Tim, of Lexington, Massachusetts, in the US, took photos at the ‘cleaning station’.

He said: ‘It really is pretty amazing that these little shrimp immediately recognize a human mouth as analogous to a fish mouth and go in looking for bits of food.’

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