UNDER THE SEA: SLIME EELS
Hagfish known as slime eels are some of the strangest creatures that we have ever seen. The eels are located in the deep seas. Though the animals are odd, they are very neat creatures. They are also known as slime eels. They produce a snot-type substance and coat their bodies. It is basically a cocoon of a lot of snot.

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NORWHAL
Length: 10-20 ft.
norwhals
norwhals

Weight: 1-1.5 tons
Color: White and green and brown spotted.
Distinguishing Characteristics: 9 foot long ivory tusk. Breeding: Unknown
The name norwhal means corpse whale
There is as many as 25 to 50 thousand Norwhals in the world

A pod of narwhals
A pod of narwhals

There are an estimated 50000 norwhals in the world.
Olny the male NORWHAL has the elongated tusk. The NORWHAL only has two teeth and the one that is elongated is normally the left tusk. Occasionally but rarly the NORWHAL'S right and left tusk is elongated. Norwhal's live mostly in the Artic Ocean. Narwhales are normally found in pods of ten to fifteen whales. The narwhal is not endangered.

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A norwhal's tusks actually an upper tooth. The tooth comes and sticks out of the upper lip. This tusk is used or can be used for jousting. One thing that can kill these unique creatures is that if shifting pieces of ice go over top of the whales. As you saw in the video, as the whales notice the shifting pice of ice, they start bobbing up and down. As the ice closes in, the whales go under and try and swim to a place where they can breathe. If they can't do this, they will lose oxygen and eventually die.
Narwhals "tusking"
Narwhals "tusking"

This is where Norwhal's habitats are.
This is where Norwhal's habitats are.
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This certain tooth can grow to be seven to ten feet. A fun fact about this certain tooth is that these teeth started the myth of the unicorn. Females are slightly smaller than males. They (the norwhals) are living in the artic. They are rarely seen outside of that "barrier," it they aren't in the artic, they are in a bay area.There are a few predators of this creature. Man, polar bears, and orca (kiler whales). Although the orca is a family member of the norwhal, it is also an enemy and predator. The tooth shoots right out og the lip, there are a few theories of why the tusk is there. One is that, they use it to attract or appeal the female norwhals. The other theory is that, they use it for tusking. This crature is kwown as the"unicorn of the sea," these animals are normally seen in groups of fifteen to twenty. Although they have been spoted in groups of seven thousand.

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Photo: Killer whale breaching
Photo: Killer whale breaching






Slime eel (Simenchelys parasiticus)
Slime eel (Simenchelys parasiticus)







The slime eel is usually dark brown in color and about two feet long. They can produce enough slime to fill a milk jug at one time. The entire skeleton is made of cartilage.They have no jaw and no bones.They have poor eyesight and vision.They are practically blind!They live in the deep sea, and feed on small tiny little creatures called invertebrates. They also might eat small dead creatures.They are found at 5,600 feet deep.It has a skinny and long eel type like body. The size of this animal can varies from 16 to 32 inches in length. There is not as much food in these layers- as some of the others- at these depths, so the hagfish will eat just about anything it can find along the ground.It (the hagfish) feeds by wrapping itself to a nearby or close to fish. Once it finds its prey, it works it's way inside its the animal which is now its host. Once the hagfish is insid the body, the hagfish (slime eel) will really eat the fish's flesh and just about anythig elae it can with a specialized rasping tongue. It actually really does eats its victim or prey from the inside to the outside. This slime can actually suffocate and choke the predators by filling up their gills if they come in touch with it. The hagfish has a certain way of escaping this slime "cocoon." It pretty much just ties itself in a knot (as shown in the second picture on the top) and passes the knot down the entire length of its whole body to wipe the slime off of its skin.This has earned this creature the name of "slime eel". They will actually "sneeze" when their nose holes or nostrils fill with slime.Its body is covered with special salvary glands (located in the mouth) that can make a sticky slime. The slime eel has 5 hearts throughout its whole body.


The Slime eels live in the Abyssopelagic Zone. It (the hagfish lives in the deep part of the zone) is bioluminescence meaning it glows. It must have to because there is little to no light in its habbitat.

Layers of the Ocean Showing the Five Zones
Layers of the Ocean Showing the Five Zones


The hagfish lives in the secod to last zone. The name comes from the Greek meanin no bottom. The water is close to freezing, and there is no light at all. Very few creatures can live at these depths.

What is bioluminescence ?
Where sunlight does not come to the ocean, there is a process. This process is very similar to the process that fireflies use. It is not seen in freshwater. The way these animals make light is that, they produce chemicals that make light.