National Hagfish Day 2017

Reason to celebrate: October 15, 2017 is National Hagfish Day.

Hagfish Day

Hagfish are broadly thought to be among the world’s ugliest living animals, made much more repugnant by their manufacture of viscous slime like a defense mechanism. Hagfish Day aims to advertise knowning that in character, beauty isn’t everything – which actually, the Hagfish is really a highly developed and specialized creature worth respect.

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Why would anyone celebrate “Hagfish Day”? A hagfish is a repulsive-looking bottom-feeder that spends its life swarming over the rotten carcasses of whales, big fish, or anything else that has sunk to the briny deep. But the whole point in Hagfish Day ...

Hagfish filmed choking sharks with slime, and actively hunting fish
Hagfish filmed choking sharks with slime, and actively hunting fish

PS It's sad that this paper didn't come out on October 16th, which was designated as Hagfish Day. Reference: Zintzen, Roberts, Anderson, Stewart, Struthers & Harvey. 2011. Hagfish predatory behaviour and slime defence mechanism. Scientific Reports.

Slime produced by the homely hagfish could lead to...
Slime produced by the homely hagfish could lead to...

In fact, hagfish are so cool that, according to a Smithsonian magazine blog, there's an annual Hagfish Day on the third Wednesday of October to remind people “that we can find beauty in the ugly and protect all ocean animals.” Negishi, whose PhD is in ...

Hagfish filmed choking sharks with slime, and actively hunting fish [Repost]
Hagfish filmed choking sharks with slime, and actively hunting fish [Repost]

PS It's sad that this paper didn't come out on October 16th, which was designated as Hagfish Day. Reference: Zintzen, Roberts, Anderson, Stewart, Struthers & Harvey. 2011. Hagfish predatory behaviour and slime defence mechanism. Scientific Reports.

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