Pacific Hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii)
Photograph by Ken Lucas, Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images
The hagfish, also known as the slime eel, is a primitive bottom-dweller with no jaws, teeth, or stomach. The animal lacks even true eyes but it does have an incredible, and somewhat disgusting, defense mechanism.When threatened, the hagfish secretes copious amounts of ropy, sticky, slippery, and snotty slime.This protein-and-sugar-based ooze is an unappetizing deterrent to predators. When the danger has passed, the hagfish cleans up by tying itself in a simple overhand knot and pulling its body through—scraping it clean.
(via: National Geo)

Pacific Hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii)

Photograph by Ken Lucas, Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images

The hagfish, also known as the slime eel, is a primitive bottom-dweller with no jaws, teeth, or stomach. The animal lacks even true eyes but it does have an incredible, and somewhat disgusting, defense mechanism.When threatened, the hagfish secretes copious amounts of ropy, sticky, slippery, and snotty slime.This protein-and-sugar-based ooze is an unappetizing deterrent to predators. When the danger has passed, the hagfish cleans up by tying itself in a simple overhand knot and pulling its body through—scraping it clean.

(via: National Geo)

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