The Australian fauna is known to be some of the most dangerous and unstable on the planet. Spiders, snakes and sharks abound, not to mention a whole host of box jellyfish and creepy crawlies. But less stress – if thinking about them adds feelings of doom and gloom, maybe it will brighten your mood.
In October, a group of American scientists published a study in Mamalia, showing the glow of the humble Australian platypus in the dark. In light of that discovery, scientists at the Western Australian Museum have conducted further tests to discover the brightness of more Australian mammals and marsupials.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, after reading the original study of the curator of mammography at the Western Australian Museum of Kemé Travillon, he himself borrowed an ultraviolet (UV) light to examine the validity of the claims.
“We turned off the lights in the collection and looked around to see what was shining and what wasn’t shining,” Travillon told ABC. “The first investigation we did was clearly the platypus. We shone the light and they were shining as well, this confirmed the research.”
The team then examined other samples to see if the luster quality extended to other marsupials. Upon trying to light marsupial moles, bilobi and womb, the experiment was successful again.
related to Why the They glow in the dark, we are still not 100% sure. Travouillon speculates that this may be a case of identifying fellow members of his species in the dark, as the specimens that were observed were nocturnal.
“The advantage is probably that they can see their species from afar and they can contact them because they know it is safe to go to that animal,” he said.
Whatever the reason, you glare at crazy mammals.