How do animals protect their skin from the sun? Brought to you by The American Academy of Dermatology

Animals need protection from the sun, too! Let's learn how different animals protect their skin from the powerful rays of the sun.
Meerkats have dark circles around their eyes, which protect their eyes from the sun.
Elephants cover themselves in dust to ward off bugs and protect their skin from the sun.
Pigs wallow in mud, which keeps them cool and when the mud dries, it leaves the pig with a protective coating that helps block harmful rays from the sun.
Koala bears avoid the sun by resting in trees with protective leaf cover during the day.
Like koala bears, gorillas and other primates also avoid the sun during the day. They seek shade during the hottest parts of the day.
Giraffes have black tongues, which protect their tongues from the sun while eating from tree tops.
Much like people, dolphins and whales have a pigment called melanin that allows their skin to get darker in the sun. Spending time well below the surface of the water helps prevent sunburn.
Some fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles have the genes to produce gadusol, a chemical that can act as a sunscreen
Hippopotamuses produce "sweat" made of reddish pigments that protect them from infections and sun damage. It also explains the misconception that they sweat blood.
Although a dog's fur helps protect it from the sun, dogs, especially those with short hair, can get sunburned. So always provide shade for your pup!

Learn how to protect your skin at www.SpotSkinCancer.org

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