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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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The Hagfish

The Hagfish is one of the nastiest creatures to ever shoot forth viscous slime upon the Earth. This 300 million year old organism (which happens to be the only animal with a skull but no vertebrae, btw) expels a disgusting, limey substance when attacked that expands upon contact with the water, so one squirt can quickly go from a half pint to five gallons in no time. This creates a distraction so the Hagfish can wriggle its way to safety and fish preying on it often choke on the slime, whose thread like strands are said to be ten times stronger than nylon.

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, nature, weird science

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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