Researchers at the US Navy Center in Panama City have successfully recreated the natural material – mucus, which is secreted by myxins (marine animals resembling worms) to strangle victims and deter their natural enemies – sharks.
The success was accompanied by the doctor of biochemistry Josh Kogota and the expert in the field of materials to doctor Ryan Kinser, who managed to synthesize the component of the mucus of Pacific miksinov in the form of a thread. In the folded form, the thread behaves like a spring and instantly unwinds when it comes into contact with water due to stored energy. Researchers have shown that the mucus of myxins can increase 10,000 times in comparison with its original volume.
According to Dr. Kogota, mucus has properties comparable to Kevlar fibers used to strengthen rubber products and protective equipment. According to the researchers, synthetic mucus can be used in the creation of bulletproof vests , fire fighting equipment, anti-fouling agents, diving suits and anti- spray spray.