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FLORIDA – A team of US Navy scientists and engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), claim to have successfully recreated a natural material used for marine wildlife defence to assist military personnel. The material is a synthetic component of slime from the alpha and gamma proteins of the Pacific hagfish.

Pacific hagfish, also known as slime eels, are described as bottom-dwelling scavengers which live on the ocean floor. Hagfish can secrete slime to protect themselves by obstructing the gills of predators which come into contact with the slime.

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