27 Mar '16, 7am

What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The sea snake has acquired exquisite adaptations to her watery existence. For one thing, she is a strong swimmer, undulating her paddle-shaped tail and flat eel-like body to propel herself through the water. And, just as every boat owner knows, she needs to keep her body free from algae and barnacles and other parasites that would slow her down and make her less efficient. Her clever and distinctly snakey solution is to shed her skin. She changes wardrobe much more often than a land snake, and more than she needs to for growth. She rubs on coral to loosen her skin, then hooks it onto something hard, and crawls out. Could boat hulls or hospital walls borrow this trick? Can we design a constantly shedding surface?

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/the-biomimicry-manual-what-can-the-s...

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