Definition of hagfish
: any of a family (Myxinidae) of marine cyclostomes that are related to the lampreys and in general resemble eels but have a round mouth surrounded by barbels and that feed upon other fishes and invertebrates by boring into their bodies
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The accident involving 13 containers of the creatures otherwise known as hagfish, was reported on Highway 101 Thursday in Depoe Bay.
The slime — a type of mucus — from a hagfish can expand to more than 5 gallons when combined with water.
Police said Salvatore Tragale was driving north with 13 containers holding 7,500 pounds (3,402 kilograms) of hagfish, which are commonly known as slime eels.
Depoe Bay Fire crews assisted cleaning up the highway by hosing the hagfish and slime off the roadway.
Biologist Frederic Martini has spent his retirement squeezing into miniature submarines to plumb the abyss for the answer to an age-old question: Where do baby hagfish come from?
For instance, if a predator gets a good hold on a hagfish, the animal can wriggle out of its grasp by tying itself into a knot.
The idea would be to use the slime like the hagfish do, deploying it in the face of approaching predators.
The skin of the hagfish has been described as covering its body like a loosely fitting sock.
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