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Sea hares' sticky defence uncovered

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

The sea hare, a soft-bodied marine creature, uses a sticky secretion to fool hungry predators, say scientists.

The slow-moving animals are known for defending themselves by squirting an off-putting mixture of purple ink and a white substance called opaline.

However, exactly how this sticky opaline is used to deter predators was previously unknown.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21929070

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