Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

07 December, 2018, 19:56 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Think Your Day Is Rough? This Monk Seal Has an Eel Stuck in His Nose

The removal process took less than a minute and while the seal was uninjured, the eel wasn't so lucky.

All of the seals that we have encountered in this slippery situation have been quickly caught by our response teams and the eel gently and successfully removed.

The photo of the Hawaiian Seal was with the tail end of the creature hanging from its nostril was released by the Hawaiin Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP).

After spotting the weird pairing at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands this past summer, researchers quickly acted to relieve the seal of its discomfort.

In what is truly a freakish phenomenon reportedly stumping researchers, a handful of not-so-smart Hawaiian monk seals have recently been observed with eels stuck up their noses - possibly from shoving their faces into crevices, but researchers tasked with observing these fools can't say for sure.


"Our researchers have observed this phenomenon three or four times now".

A monk seal in Hawaii was photographed with an eel stuck up its nose - and you're going to be obsessed with it.

The administration said it has seen the same "eels in noses" phenomenon almost a handful of times in the last few years. "The eels, however, did not make it", Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program revealed in its Facebook caption.

'We don't know if this is just some odd statistical anomaly or something we will see more of in the future, ' the NOAA post notes. And while nobody knows for sure why seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses, experts do have two theories: "Monk seals feed by sticking their noses in coral reefs and digging in sand so it is possible the eel was defending itself or trying to escape and forced itself into the nose". So, they go for the food, like eels, whose strategy is to hide. Or, the seal regurgitated it and it went out the wrong place. "We might never know". The shot shows a sleepy seal staring at the camera while lounging on the French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

It's sad to hear that the eels didn't survive after being removed from the seal's nose, but considering they chose to enter the seal's nose without permission, they're really the architects of their own demise here.

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