Adult lampreys are slimy bloodsuckers. Their mouth is a fearsome implement full of rasping teeth. They attach themselves to the bodies of large fish or marine mammals and rasp at the flesh, extracting blood and other body fluids. Their early life is quite different – for the first four years they live as blind filter-feeders in fresh water.
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Photograph by Peter Batson
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