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Exclusively underground creature experiencing sun-light for the first-time

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I have this creatures which were hiding underground for millennia. They are, from the beginning of their history, exclusively nocturnal.

They emerged back on surface after moon disappeared (irrelevant how) adding another nail to the coffin of human race, which beside fatal environmental changes, now face these creatures. With the moon out, the distant stars simply do not provide enough light to repel them.

I googled some creatures which were discovered in deep caves or living so deep in ocean that they never experienced sunlight (Like in my case). They are nearly translucent or completely pale,what i did not found is what would really happened to them if they were exposed to sunlight

Bonus question: Beside UV light, would man-made sources harm them - like laser pointers or xenon lights?

Description of the creature:

  • Translucent skin except calloused parts, but flesh is solid milky white with visible veins and muscle fibers.
  • No eyes
  • 2 pair of ears for Infrasonic wave length and second for Ultrasound
  • Very long fingers with 5 joints
  • Omnivorous
  • Quadrupedal, but with ability to stand bipedal
  • Imagine nasty looking vile meerkat in size of lion
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What would happen to them if exposed to sunlight?

Very likely severe burns caused by UV radiation on all exposed areas if they venture in the open light in any place not too close to the polar regions.

Lacking any pigment to protect them from the sunlight they would get burns within minutes at most.

Then, after the sunburns, they would be also more likely to develop cancers induced by the UV radiations.

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Visible light isn't energetic enough to affect tissues. So, laser pointers and Xenon lights would not be an issue.

Sunlight, on the other hand, with its UV? It would be for them like for you entering a radioactive oven. Immediate burning pain, everywhere. Blisters and erithema forming within minutes. Once back into darkness, still strong possibility of superinfection. Also, fever and dehydration.

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In the UK, for most of the year, absolutely nothing. Cloudy much of the time...however, being used to mild, steady consistent they would suffer from the cold, the bitter wind, and the lashing rain coming from nowhere would be an unpleasant surprise.

One of two months of the year they might detect a heat source overhead, but since they'd be under umbrellas anyway by then they would not be in any danger of sunburn.

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