Eating can be skin deep

In the laboratory, bottom-dwelling hagfish absorb nutrients through the skin

By Stephen Ornes, 13:33 PM April 7, 2011

Fashion designers love eel-skin: Shoes, purses and wallets are made from the stuff, which looks like leather. Despite its name, though, much of the eel-skin in expensive accessories doesn't come from eels, electric or other. It comes from long, skinny sea animals called hagfishes. These swimming scavengers delve into dead or dying marine animals and eat from the inside out, leaving behind only skin and bones. (If you invite a hagfish to dinner, be sure to serve something dead.)

Hagfish skin...

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