Platypuses are some of the weirdest animals on the planet. They look like beavers, have a face like a duck, and, if you haven’t heard it already, they are venomous and lay eggs. A bizarre combination to say the least.
So, to top it all off, scientists also found out that they are biofluorescent—they shine bright green, blue, and purple whenever exposed to UV light, and those same scientists aren’t really sure why platypuses have such a feature.
As if platypuses weren’t weird enough, science also found out they’re biofluorescent and shine under a UV light
Image credits: Paula Spaeth Anich et al.
The story goes that back in 2019, mammalogist Paula Spaeth Anich of the Northland College of Ashland, Wisconsin and her colleagues figured out that flying squirrels are fluorescent under a UV light—they emit a pink glow from the fur found under their bellies.
This was the inspiration for the Chicago Field Museum team to take a look at whether a preserved squirrel pelt found in their museum would do the same. And…