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September 13, 2005
During our ocean explorations cruises, we have observed two species of hagfish, also known as "slime eels". The deeper living black hagfish commonly occurs in depths of 400 - 1200 meters. The Pacific hagfish, pictured here at 280 meters, commonly are found from shallow depths down to 400 meters. During last night's transect, a significant portion of the hagfish observed were resting on the bottom in this curled position.

Lewis and Clark Legacy: June 26-July 13, 2001

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