free-swimming :

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  • s  (of animals) able to swim about; not attached

  • He found that whale blood teems with tiny free-swimming organisms, 20 millions of them per cubic millimetre, with the propertyfamiliar in several forms of bacteriaof .
  • His bathyvessel, which he began designing before the war, will be a true submarine, as free-swimming as a mackerel.
  • Here the surface swarms with "krill," or free-swimming crustaceans, which they strain out of the water with the whalebone sieves in their mouths.

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