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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Well, Isn't That Just Strange? [Part 3]

Check this creature out! It protects itself with robust amounts of slime!

This is the Hagfish- A strange creature that will create a slime that becomes gel-like & sticky when it mixes with water. The animal uses this as a defensive measure, and will produce the slime when endangered or agitated.  They then form a knot with their bodies, and run it down the length of their body to escape capture. This also helps them to shed the slime, leaving their predators with nothing but a mouth full of goo. There is debate as to whether they are actually fish- as they are extremely primitive creatures. Even so, they are curiously intriguing! Check out the picture below!
Hagfish

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