A truck carrying eels on Oregon’s Highway 101 overturned on Thursday, according to our affiliate KATU, covering the stretch of roadway in Lincoln County with slime.
Police reportedly said the eels were on their way for shipment to Korea for “consumption” before the accident.
The highway is now closed near mile post 131, KATU reported, while Oregon State Police said the Oregon Department of Transportation and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are on scene.
Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced bemusement as news of the unusual accident in Oregon spread.
The Oregon State Police’s official Twitter account, meanwhile, tweeted several photos of the incident with light-hearted captions.
Footage of Thursday’s spill shows bundles of writhing eels as a bulldozer shoves them off the road, leaving behind trail of thick residue.
The Oregonian reported Thursday that the animals are not technically eels but hagfish, which are often called “slime eels.”
Hagfish are reportedly prehistoric fish with skulls but no jaw or spine that are considered a delicacy in Korea.
The creatures are purportedly found off the West Coast, including Oregon, and their signature slime can expand to more than five gallons when mixed with water.
Hagfish can “sneeze” out its mucus-filled nostril, according to smithsonianmag.com, and is capable of tying its body in a know to keep it secretions from reaching its face.