Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

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

Monk seals nose around in coral reefs, root around in the sand, and flip over 50-lb. The post said that it had removed eels from the noses of several seals they're monitoring and that the seals were unharmed in every case, but the same couldn't be said for the eels.

Yes, that's an eel in a seal.

Earlier this week, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program shared a photo showing a juvenile Hawaiian monk seal with a long eel stuck in its nostril.

"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".

NOAA posted the photo on Facebook, writing: "Mondays..."

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The program answered the question: "We don't know".

However, the agency says it has managed to save up to 30 percent of the monk seals in the current population, cutting the rate of population decline by half. The episode was just the latest eel-in-snout incident to occur in the past two years, baffling researchers.

Fortunately, no harm to the seals was observed.

"Alternatively, the seal could have swallowed the eel and regurgitated it so that the eel came out the wrong way", NOAA said. But the eel may have gotten deeper into the nose, preventing the seal from removing the invader. Also, seals' nostrils close automatically when the animals go under water, and having an eel in there could have hindered that process, closing off an all-around great day for the seal with some water up the nose. "The eels, however, did not make it".

Once revealed the seal was in good health, social media users couldn't help but poke a little fun at the "rebel" sea creature. "All the seals were released and haven't shown any issues from the incidents".

The uncomfortable sight on the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program Facebook page has received over 1,000 shares, and left many wondering what is going on. And reader - for the love of god - if you are eating, please stop reading now.

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