Skin resists microorganisms: pilot whale
The skin of pilot whales resists microorganisms thanks to microscopic pores and nanoridges, surrounded by a secreted enzymatic gel which denatures proteins and carbohydrates.
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Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809)
[Long-finned pilot whale]
IUCN Red List Status: Data Deficient
Habitat(s): Marine Oceanic
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Anti-fouling paints and other coatings.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: ManufacturingAnti-fouling coating - Anti-fouling coating
Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal School of Equine Medicine, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo)