Lend me your ears!
SEA ANEMONES can detect a passing prey with their vibration-sensitive hair cells that cover their tentacles. They have remarkable regenerative properties that allow them to rebuild their bodies. Researchers have found a cocktail of proteins in the mucus coating the bodies of sea anemones, which allows them to repair injured hair cells in less than eight minutes. The ground-breaking discovery could lead to a treatment for patients with acute hearing loss. Journal of Experimental Biology, August 1