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New Research Shows Puffins Have Fluorescent Beaks

Puffins are small seabirds known for digging burrows and having the same mate for life. New research on the birds has revealed that theirĀ beaks are fluorescent and glow bright blue under ultraviolet light (UV).

According to the Huffington Post, “birds can see a wider range of colors than humans can, and whatever is going on with the beak must be visible to other birds in a way that it isn’t to people.” Other scientists have theorized that it has something to do with the Puffin’s mating process.

The new discovery was made by scientist Jamie Dunning, after he shined a UV light on the body of a dead puffin he had at his lab.


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