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A shipwreck

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Damselfish

Damselfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Garpike

Garpike

Inshore hagfish

Inshore hagfish

Facts

LatinEptatretus burgeri
Size60 cm
FoodSmall bottom-dwellers – sometimes carrion if it can find any
HabitatGenerally lives buried in the seabed at depths of 10-270 metres.
IUCN

Near threatened

LocationNorthwest Pacific Ocean
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Slippery as an eel

As a defence mechanism, the hagfish secretes slime from its pores, which turns to gel when it comes into contact with water. This slime makes it easier to swim away from predators who are left with a mouth and gills full to slime.

An animal with feel-ings

The hagfish finds food by smelling and feeling around using six barbels around its mouth. It has no jaw and must bite into its prey and then twist its whole body to pull off a chunk of flesh.