The incredible properties of hagfish slime have fascinated scientists for decades, but researchers are only just beginning to make sense of this mucilaginous secretion. In doing so, they hope to create superfibers that could one day be used in everything from bullet-proof vests to artificial tendons.
Hagfish are pretty disgusting creatures, but some of their most unsavory qualities also make them pretty fascinating. Consider, for example, what is perhaps the hagfish's most repulsive feature: the thick slime that it exudes whenever it is threatened or disturbed. Just a teaspoon is enough to turn a beaker of…
The hagfish is an evolutionary throwback that definitely lives up to its name. When the eel-like creature finds a carcass on the seafloor, it burrows inside the dead meat and starts eating...not just with its mouth, but with its skin.