Have you ever seen a hagfish? Thankfully I’ve only been submitted to the unsavoury experience via video, and that was quite enough. 

If you don’t know what a hagfish is, here’s a definiton fresh from the dictionary: a primitive jawless marine vertebrate with a slimy eellike body, a slitlike mouth surrounded by barbels, and a rasping tongue used for feeding on dead or dying fish.

Sounds like an ex-girlfriend of mine.

Anyway, something that the dictionary doesn’t mention is that it exudes a strange slime that gums up the gills of hungry predators, which can also be used as a cheap but difficult to obtain alternative to Silly Putty by fun-loving scientists. Check it out on YouTube.


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