Think about this one right before you fall asleep tonight.
A slithering stream of “slime eels” poured out of an overturned truck on U.S. Highway 101 on Oregon coast this afternoon, causing a five-car crash covering the automobiles with a thick white gunk and squirming fish. The animals aren’t actually an eel, but instead are a “hagfish”, a delicacy in Korea, where they were bound.
Officials had to use bulldozers to clear the 7500 pounds of hagfish from the road. They pushed piles of dead and live fish off the road, scooping the white slime away at the same time.
Several cars caught in a pile up that ended up drenched by the fishy sludge had to be abandoned by their drivers. The hagfish clung to dislodged bumpers and their white slime dripped down car windows.
Officials said although a few cars were damaged in the accident, no one was hurt. Except for the poor hagfish.
Koreans love the fish and its slime, using the goop like egg whites. The slime is made of sugars and proteins, and the hagfish use it to trap their own prey. The hagfish’s skin is also used to make purses and wallets, often advertised as “eel-skin”. Hagfish “sneeze” out their slime, and can tie their bodies into a knot to keep the slime from dripping onto their little faces. Hagfish have four pairs of tentacles surrounding their mouths that they use to find food. When they find something that feels yummy, they bury into it face-first to bore a tunnel deep into its flesh.