Truck carrying slime eels overturns on highway

"Officials say slime eels, or hagfish, secrete slime."

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11 Responses:

  1. Jan Kujawa says:

    Napalm or nuke? Both? Maybe a priest, too.

  2. Line Noise says:

    Why? Are they good eating or something? Maybe the slime makes a good industrial lubricant?

    Also, "The flying containers of eel caused a chain-reaction".

  3. jwz says:

    In case you were wondering who buys these things, Koreans.

    The 14- to 18-inch hagfish looks like an eel. In fact, there is debate over whether it is really a fish. The 300 million-year-old creature has no jaws and one nostril. Essentially blind, it dwells in the dark more than 1,000 feet down. [...]

    Hagfish has a modest following among older Korean men who savor it as an appetizer broiled in sesame oil, sprinkled with salt and accompanied by a shot of liquor. Peter Chu, a seafood exporter in Eureka, Calif., said the fish sells for as much as $20 a pound in South Korea, which he estimates consumes 9 million pounds a year. "There's a myth there that it's an aphrodisiac. It gives you energy like Viagra," Chu said. "It's like oysters here." [...]

    As if its looks weren't enough of a turnoff, hagfish, when agitated, vomit and secrete a protein that reacts with seawater to create a thick mucus. A single animal can turn a five-gallon bucket of seawater into a pool of goo in a matter of moments, said Eddie Kisfaludy of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. While the slime distracts predators, it also occasionally suffocates the hagfish.

    "They're definitely more interesting than maggots, but then all these researchers who work on fruit flies will probably argue with me," Kisfaludy said.

  4. DaveL says:

    There's a very gruesome scene involving hagfish in Martin Cruz Smith's novel "Polar Star."

  5. Cookie Wolf says:

    Shrieking eels?

    https://youtu.be/KGcat9tGZVU

  6. margaret says:

    Memories of prom night...

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