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From the aptly named Hagfish, to the weirdest slimy ball of matter ever found, these are 10 Most Bizarre Slimy Creatures !
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5. Pectinatella magnifica
Is this grossing you out? You’re not the only one. These blobby, snot-like masses have been popping up more and more all over the US in places that it isn’t supposed to. There has been a steady increase of these blobs in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a colony of organisms that group together to create a gelatinous substance that can be found either free-floating or stuck to something. It looks like an alien brain, though. Not an impressive alien like a Xenomorph, though, more like the delicate aliens from War of the Worlds that died from a cold. It might also be a good way to start the grossest water balloon fight in the world too. Just don’t expect to keep your friends after it.
The actual fish itself may just look like a messed up eel, but the real snot comes in when you touch it. Don’t interact with this animal unless you have a strong stomach. The hagfish secrete a highly sticky slime substance that is sure to turn anyone’s stomach. The fish has 100s of glands that secrete this mucus when captured and held and it can produce up to 20 liters or 5 ¼ gallons of slime. The mucus not only helps the hagfish get out of any unwary predator's jaws, but it also clogs up the predator's gills which can pretty effectively suffocate them. A fun fact about these animals is that they are the only known living organism that has a skull but no vertebral column. They also haven’t evolved in 300 million years because fossils of hagfish found from that period are almost identical to hagfish today. Why mess with a good system, right?
3. Bone Eating Snot Flower
Osedax mucofloris is a subspecies of Osedax. The worm was given its name, bone eating snot worm because it does look a lot like snot. Also, it does eat bones. Not a creative day for science when this was discovered. The bones that this worm is eating are mostly whale bones, but they will eat virtually any bone that you give them. They consume them through a bacteria that hangs out in their little mucus cloud that will burrow into the bones and devour it from the inside so that the worm can absorb the nutrients. The species that you see are all female, the male of the species are microscopic, and they latch onto a female at birth and stay with her forever. These weird-looking things fill an important role in the ecosystem because they decompose and recycle dead matter. It’s grosser because thousands of these worms will cover a whale carcass meshing all together until it just looks like somebody trimmed the whale carcass in a carpet.
2. Cthulhu Larva
Abyssal sea cucumber, sea pig, or Cthulhu Larva, whatever you want to call it, it’s still gross. They live 1,000 meters down in the ocean, and they are pretty standard down there. They reproduce a lot, and each deepsea trawl for them can yield up to 300 to 600 specimens. They can be found in almost all of the areas around the world, but they are less common in more extreme water conditions like water that is too warm or too cold. The Cthulhu larvae name were apparently earned because of it’s weird and upsetting appearance. The tentacles look like they could expand at any time and take you. The so-called tentacles are just appendages that are supposed to make it easier for this slug-like animal to eat. So maybe this creature isn’t all that unusual. The joke will be on us someday when they reveal that they were just mini Cthulhu and we are all screwed because we made fun of their appearance.
Might want to stay near a toilet for this entry. Didymosphenia geminata or rock snot is a type of algae that has become a sort of nuisance in some freshwater sources. It’s an invasive species that is native to the northern hemisphere, but no one told the rock snot that. They’ve been spreading more and more in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and Chile. Even in its natural water, it is now being considered an invasive species because of its rapid spread. It’s been doing this since the 1980s and although the spread doesn’t pose a risk to humans, the ecosystem that it takes root in can suffer from its entrance. The ideal environment for this algae is cold water with low nutrient levels, and the species can be spread from source to source by just a single drop of water. New Zealand has even released guidelines to stop the spread. You should check for the algae, clean all items for at least a minute under hot water with bleach, and then make sure to dry them. Only you can prevent the spread of rock slime. That’s what Smokey the Bear said, right?