Specialists of the US Navy are developing a special slime with which they are going to stop enemy ships. Its prototype was a substance produced by myxins, eel-like marine animals when predators attack them. The mixins throw a special mucus into the mouth of the attackers, which swells upon contact with sea water, increasing in volume 10, 000 times, clogging their mouth and gills.
The mucus of myxins has a protein base and consists of two components - filaments and mucus - mucin. The twisted thread is a kind of living spring that is triggered upon contact with water. This material does not look like spider webs or artificial Kevlar used in the creation of protective equipment and rubber products.
According to one of the developers of artificial mucus, Ryan Kinzer, when the threads, mucin and water interact, a three-dimensional viscous, elastic network is formed, which collapses over time, dissolving in water.
Ryan Kinser is currently working with biochemist Josh Kogot to create a version for stopping small enemy ships. According to their plan, "fighting" slime will block the propellers. In addition, it can be used as armor protection, when extinguishing fires, to protect the hulls of ships from overgrowing with shells and divers from sharks.