Have you ever met a hagfish?
I ask that question to kids from around the world when I'm with the elephant seals in California
A 14-year-old from the Ukraine caught an elephant seal snag a hagfish. It's a first.
What's the big deal? Well, every scientist I know has NEVER seen an elephant seal eat a hagfish, yet they know that these big seals do like to dine on the slimy, eel-like fish that dwell at the ocean's floor cleaning up dead cetaceans.
|Female northern elephant seal with newborn. C. Coimbra photo.|
The exciting video is not on You Tube yet. But this link will amaze you: Ukrainian teen makes rare discovery
And amaze your friends with this from BioTechnology: "One of the world’s creepiest creatures may be the source of new kinds of petroleum-free plastics and super-strong fabrics, according to research by scientists in Canada studying the hagfish, a bottom-dwelling creature that hasn’t evolved for 300 million years and produces a sticky slime when threatened. The gooey material is actually a kind of protein that turns into choking strands of tough fibers when released into the water."