Come on… who wouldn’t think this is wicked
Maybe it’s time Easter got itself a new, more felicitous spokesanimal. The sea hare, who already has bunny ear-like rhinophores that we all associate with the holiday, was recently found to emit a festive dark purple ink when threatened.
But there’s more in there than just ink. In an article published last Wednesday in The Journal of Experimental Biology, scientists found that within the ink lay a cocktail of chemicals called the opaline that works to baffle the sensory organs and chemical receptors of the sea hare’s attacker.
Scientists discovered opaline’s capabilities by dabbing its extract onto the antennae of spiny lobsters, who have been known to occasionally hunt the sea hare. They then inundated the lobster’s tank with shrimp-scented water. Researchers found that opaline significantly decreased cellular activity, thus suggesting that opaline renders predators chemically “blind” by stopping up their chemical senses.
Source: Matt Soniak’s “Never Mess with…
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