What to know when your car is melted by 7,500 pounds of slime eels

Image courtesy of Oregon State Police

By Rachel Becker, TheVerge.com, July 14, 2017 

On Thursday afternoon, a photograph of a car trailing a massive stream of snot and also possibly eels began appearing on Twitter.

It was a horror show — and the people had questions. Like, what in the world happened? And does insurance cover slime damage?

The car sliming happened in Oregon on Thursday afternoon. And it turns out, the eel-like creatures are not, in fact, eels. They’re Pacific hagfish — primitive jawless fish that are sometimes called slime eels for the mind-boggling quantities of goo they produce when they feel threatened — like, say, when the truck transporting them tipped over in a five-car crash.

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