Worlds collide in Washington State, where sea meets forest, forest meets desert and snow-capped mountains tower above it all. Few states can offer such a varied list of natural attractions: gorges, waterfalls, caves, sand dunes, rain forests, live volcanoes, ocean beaches and mountain meadows. The “Evergreen State” truly lives up to its name.
The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine), velvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that's lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth.