This Will Give You Nightmares…This Sea Creature Is Right Out Of A Sci-Fi Movie
Not only will this sea creature give you nightmares, but it looks like something straight out of the sci-fi movie, like “Alien”. Seriously though, this nasty undersea creature has been around and virtually un-changed for 300 million years. So you’re thinking, ‘why haven’t I ever seen it before until now?’, because it lives at the bottom of the sea. The Hagfish is what you might call, a body disposal unit…it eats the dead.
The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that’s remained unchanged for 300 million years–and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine), velvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that’s lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth.
According to smithsonianmag.com:
The Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii), a fish that looks similar to an eel, has no jaw and is totally blind. They find food, often dead fish, through a specialized sense of smell and, because they can absorb nutrients through their skin, can eat by just burrowing into a dead carcass. However, they also eat live prey.
Hagfish are widely considered the most disgusting animals in the ocean, if not on earth. The eel-shaped creatures use four pairs of thin sensory tentacles surrounding their mouths to find food—including carcasses of much larger animals. Once they find their meal, they bury into it face-first to bore a tunnel deep into its flesh.