I have trouble being on the same planet with these creatures, let alone go into the ocean with them.Â As Rachel puts it:
Many people are disgusted by the hagfish. These squirmy,Â eel-looking creatures are known primarily for two repellent traits: eating dying animals from the inside out, and oozing four cups of slime in a fraction of a second.
By Crom’s holy indifference!
Recently, scientists at the University of Guelph published a study that delves into the amazing–and cringingly awful–properties hagfish slime. Apparently, the slime is full of these long (6 inches!) sticky protein threads, which are good for clogging up a predator’s gills and happen to be as light and strong as spider silk.
If, as Rachel posits, this thread could one day lead to clothing, I would cry. A lot.
This is Cronenberg-level body horror at its worse. Cools story, though.