Hagfishpalooza'05

Hagfish are jawless, cartilaginous fish. They are the invertebrates most closely related to vertebrates. They live deep in the ocean and eat the carcasses of dead fish and other animals. They defend themselves by secreting copious amounts of highly glutinous slime. A hagfish can fill a bucket with slime in a few minutes. We had to dissect some because we want to understand how their hormones work.

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Cooler o' Hagfish
Cooler o' Hagfish
Harry wrassles the hagfish
Harry wrassles the hagfish
Harry gets slimed
Harry gets slimed
Sean dissecting
Sean dissecting
The dissector
The dissector
Hagfish eggs
Hagfish eggs

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Hagfish dance

The joy of slime