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Hagfish

The foot-long, eel-like hagfish lives all along the Pacific coast. It is sightless, which would seem like a surefire way to become somebody's dinner. But predators where the hagfish live are wise to avoid this sea creature that has a skull but no jaw and no spinal column.

The hagfish, when attacked, instantly exudes a slime composed of mucous and thin fibers; at a rate of four cups in a fraction of a second. The slime can clog the gills of its enemy. Besides this ability, the fish can tie itself into a knot to escape the grip of any predator foolish enough to hang on through the slime-fest.

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