Pacific Hagfish

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. Learn more about their habitat, ecology, and slime-producing habits!

Tags: Benthic, Senses
The eel-like Atlantic hagfish being measured out of water.
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Linda Snook/NOAA/CBNMS