Anyone know what this critter is? The one Gage is holding? This is why some people don't put their shrimp pots out anymore. Alec Bennett and the Shrimp Boat crew provided this lovely example.
Does this give you a clue to the critter's identity? No, Gage didn't sneeze. The slime eel, or Pacific hagfish, slimed him. Really. The hagfish uses its slime to defend itself and can kill a predator by choking it to death on gobs of goo. The hagfish then ties itself in a half-hitch and squeegies the slime off itself. Later it can feed on the decaying predatory fish. Here's a video of their slime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb2EOP3ohnE