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'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators

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New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators.

An international study led by the University of Adelaide shows that several species of Australian sea snakes can sense light on their tail skin, prompting them to withdraw their tails under shelter. The study has also produced new insights into the evolution and genetics of this rare light sense.

The researchers found that olive sea snakes (Aipysurus laevis) and other Aipysurus species move their tail away from light. They believe this is an adaptation to keep the tail hidden from sharks and other predators.

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-tails-sea-snakes-predators.html

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/be-prepared/sea-snakes-use-their-seeing-tails-to-keep-an-eye-on-predators/vi-BBTEJfi

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