These portraits of a car disintegrate posted by the Oregon State Police have gone viral, predominantly because of how bizarre the incident was. They posted the images of theaccident on Twitter on Thursday.

The visualizes present a vehicle with what appearsto be ocean and eels pouring out of itand shedding out onto the road.

The police district initially offered no explanation of the incident, simply more provocative epitomes of the animals lying there on the highway.

The fire department too posted videos of the “eels” contorting around on the floor.

The tweets croaked viral, with numerous parties questioning what on Earth was going on.

So what happened? Well, we finally have an explanation. After a lot of taunt, the Oregon State Police payed written explanations on their website about the accident, in a berth named “Slime Eel Crash on Highway 101“.

They explain that the Mitsubishi truck( learnt some distance from the slime-covered autoes in the photos) was conveying 7,500 pounds of hagfish, known as “slime eels”, despite not actually being eels, up the superhighway. When private vehicles was pennant to stop by a commerce polouse, the move, Salvatore Tragale, attempted to stop. Regrettably, the transfer of weight caused one of the containers to come loose, and slide onto the road and tip over. The other containers soon followed suit, and kept separately from couch of the truck, pouring onto the highway.

When one of the loose containers struck the Nissan car( contained within hagfish in the photographs above) it stimulated a pileup of cars behind it. The gondolas were covered in eels, with the Nissan at the figurehead, driven by Kim Randall, 64, the unlucky recipient of the most fish.

Unfortunately for all involved, when hagfish grow stressed they secrete mucus, which is the goo that can be seen in the photos and this video, was arrested by a witness.

Hagfish slime is createdwhen seawater interacts with two different ingredients secreted by the eels’ slime glands: mucin vesicles, which rapidly swell and burst in seawater, structuring a gloopy net of mucus filaments, and yarns that are rich in a type of fiber called an intermediate filament.

The goop has all sorts of interesting owneds. The strands of slime threads are 100 experiences thinner than a human “hairs-breadth” but 10 times stronger than nylon, and they could be used in everything from protective attire to bungee cords in the future.

But that’s perhaps of little consolation to the fire department that had to cleanse the mess up.

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