Researchers at the US Naval Center in Panama City have successfully recreated a natural material - mucus, which is secreted by myxins (marine animals that resemble worms) to strangle victims and scare away their natural enemies - sharks.
Success was followed by biochemistry doctor Josh Kogot and materials specialist Dr. Ryan Keenser, who succeeded in synthesizing the mucus component of Pacific myxins in the form of a thread. When rolled up, the thread behaves like a spring and instantly unwinds when it comes into contact with water due to the accumulated energy. Researchers have shown that myxin mucus can expand 10, 000 times its original volume.
According to Dr. Kogot, mucus has properties comparable to Kevlar fibers used to reinforce rubber products and protective gear. According to the researchers, synthetic mucus can be used to create body armor, fire-fighting equipment, means that prevent the fouling of ships with shells, diving suits and anti-sharpening spray.