We all know that the slime found on fish skin is their protective barrier against whatever they encounter in the water. The slime is known to protect them against fungi, chemical pollutants, other fish, illness and of course anglers wet hands. But recently teams of researchers have been studying the anti-biotic applications of the slime, as fish utilize it too keep their wounds clean and infection free during the healing process.
As researcher Sandra Loesgen explains:
“The slimy mucus that coats fishes acts as a protective coating. As the animal moves through the water, it can come in contact with all kinds of bacteria, fungi, viruses and more; the mucus acts as a physical barrier. Researchers speculate that there is also a chemical component produced by the fish’s microbiome that helps ward off infection.”
To discover more about the research, check out this article from TheConversation.com!