Sea snakes are turning black to keep clean

A turtle-headed sea snake in the waters of New Caledonia

Ordinarily, turtle-headed sea snakes have black skin with white bands or blotches. In a recent study conducted at the Pacific island of New Caledonia, however, it was discovered that snakes living on reefs near the city or military activity were almost pure black. It turns out that they’ve evolved to shed pollutants that bind to the melanin in black skin.

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