6 Jul 2018

Critter of the Week The Hagfish

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:28 pm on 6 July 2018

Hagfish have been around for 300 million years, changing very little. They release slime as a defence mechanism, and if you put one in a bucket, it fills up with snot! The reason for the slime is that they use it to choke the gills of their would-be predators.


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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC

We wanted everyone to be able to celebrate the less attractive critters of New Zealand, so we've made some t-shirts. The illustration is by the amazing Giselle Clarkson with the science advice of Mike Dickison and Nicola Toki, DOC's endangered species ambassador.

To order a t-shirt please click here.

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