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Sea Snake Scales May Have Special Sensing Powers

Structures on individual scales may be capable of sensing vibrations in the water, helping the animals 'feel' objects up ahead.

June 8, 2016
2:59 PM EDT
Shown is the head of a Beaked sea snake (Hydrophis schistosus) and a close up of a single scale on head. Each scale has many 'scale sensilla' that protrude from it's surface. These small organs may allow aquatic snakes to 'feel' their environment. Credit: Jenna Crowe-Riddell