Jan 28, 2024

The April total eclipse: Why no blind animals?

 OK, I get it. We can br blinded by watching the Eclipse this April without protection.

But why isn't there a rash of blinded animals after each total eclipse?

A Houston woman holds her basset hound and watches the annular solar eclipse at Lake Corpus Christi State Park on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, in Mathis, Texas.

They don't know about the danger, and obviously can't wear safety sun glasses.

The Miami Herald asked experts that question, with this result:

Worried about your pets during the solar eclipse? Experts say there’s no need to outfit your dogs and cats with eclipse glasses. “It’s no different than any other day,” said Angela Speck, co-chair of the National Solar Eclipse Task Force, in an Aug. 21 NASA media briefing. “On a normal day your pets don’t try to look at the sun and therefore don’t damage their eyes, so on this day they’re not going to do it either.” The sun doesn’t become more dangerous on the day of the eclipse. Warnings are only being issued because people are more likely to want to look at the sun. Rather than looking at the sun, many animals such as birds and cattle might start preparing for bedtime as the eclipse occurs, making them think it’s dusk.

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/article168265427.html#storylink=cpy

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