Does a hippo sweat?

Does a hippo sweat?

Did you know that hippos sweat red?   Their sweat actually protects against sun damage and prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin. This properties probably evolved from the need to protect them from the harsh sunlight they spend their days in. It also helps to heal and prevent infection in wounds, which is useful in a species that fights as much as they do. Basically, they've evolved a colorful antibacterial sunscreen!    Shutterfly | Science Is Awesome photo

Did you know that hippos sweat red? Their sweat actually protects against sun damage and prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin. This properties probably evolved from the need to protect them from the harsh sunlight they spend their days in. It also helps to heal and prevent infection in wounds, which is useful in a species that fights as much as they do. Basically, they've evolved a colorful antibacterial sunscreen! Shutterfly | Science Is Awesome photo

In the future, scientists hope to create a product inspired by hippo sweat that we may be slathering on our bodies before long. Description from nbcnews.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Hippo sweat: The next big thing in sunscreen?

In the future, scientists hope to create a product inspired by hippo sweat that we may be slathering on our bodies before long. Description from nbcnews.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

The Red Sweat of Hippos by Yoko Saikawa et al.: Within a few minutes of perspiration, the colourless, viscous sweat of the hippopotamus gradually turns red, and then brown as the pigment polymerizes and may act as both an antibiotic and sunscreen. #Hippo #Sweat #Yoko_Saikawa #wild #animals

The Red Sweat of Hippos by Yoko Saikawa et al.: Within a few minutes of perspiration, the colourless, viscous sweat of the hippopotamus gradually turns red, and then brown as the pigment polymerizes and may act as both an antibiotic and sunscreen. #Hippo #Sweat #Yoko_Saikawa #wild #animals

A hippo's sweat is red in color, but it's not their blood.

A hippo's sweat is red in color, but it's not their blood.

The really clever thing about hippos is that they produce their own sunscreen, in the form of a sticky reddish sweat.

The really clever thing about hippos is that they produce their own sunscreen, in the form of a sticky reddish sweat.

Do Hippos Sweat Blood? - Red Hippopotamus Sweat: The hippo mystified ancient Greeks because it appeared to sweat blood. Although hippos do sweat a red liquid, it isn't blood. The animals secrete a sticky liquid that acts as a sunscreen and topical antibiotic.  Initially, hippo perspiration is colorless. As the viscous liquid polymerizes, it changes color to red and eventually brown. Droplets of perspiration resemble drops of blood, although hippo perspiration sticks to the animal's wet skin.

Why Hippos Appear To Sweat Blood

Do Hippos Sweat Blood? - Red Hippopotamus Sweat: The hippo mystified ancient Greeks because it appeared to sweat blood. Although hippos do sweat a red liquid, it isn't blood. The animals secrete a sticky liquid that acts as a sunscreen and topical antibiotic. Initially, hippo perspiration is colorless. As the viscous liquid polymerizes, it changes color to red and eventually brown. Droplets of perspiration resemble drops of blood, although hippo perspiration sticks to the animal's wet skin.

A hippo's sweat acts as a sunblock, moisturizer and an anti-biotic  Hippos secrete a reddish oily fluid – sometimes called pink sweat – that contains substances which act as water repellent, sunblock, skin moisturizer as well as an antibiotic

A hippo's sweat acts as a sunblock, moisturizer and an anti-biotic Hippos secrete a reddish oily fluid – sometimes called pink sweat – that contains substances which act as water repellent, sunblock, skin moisturizer as well as an antibiotic

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