Truck wreck dumps a slimy mess of eels

Truck wreck dumps a slimy mess of eels

From wire and local reports

DEPOE BAY — A truck hauling eels overturned on an Oregon highway Thursday, turning the coastal road into a slimy mess. It didn't do much for the appearance of nearby cars, either.

Oregon State Police posted a photo on Twitter that showed damaged cars on Highway 101 covered by the gooey eels, also known as hagfish. One car, a Nissan Altima, looked like it had been slathered in melted marshmallow. Closer examination showed numerous snake-like slime eels on the car and the road around it.

OSP accompanied its photos with the question: “What to tell the #drycleaner?” The agency also said the eel truck overturned and that the eels were being sent to Korea "for consumption."

Slime eels, which says are "widely considered the most disgusting animals in the ocean, if not on earth," produce the slime as a defense mechanism.

According to the Smithsonian website, when slime eels are harassed, "glands lining their bodies secrete stringy proteins that ... expand into a transparent, sticky substance."

Meanwhile, the Depoe Bay Fire Department posted a video of workers using a bulldozer to clear the eels from Highway 101. The fire department said no one was injured in the crash, but the road was reduced to one lane Thursday afternoon.


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