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A car is covered in hagfish, and slime, after an accident on Highway 101.
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This car was disabled when it passed through a puddle of slime left by an overturned truck bearing hagfish to market.

The hagfish produces such copious amounts of slime that it can immobilize prey, or clog the gills of an attacking shark.

Hagfish are true fish, but of an ancient order similar to lampreys that separated from bony fishes 300 million years ago. They look like eels, but have even more flexible bodies beneath a loose bag of skin.

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Hagfish eat by boring through the carcass of a dead fish, then absorbing nutrients through their skin. The mouth is just a drill head.

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They're a delicacy in Korea.

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