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Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose”

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program posted to its Facebook page a photo of a juvenile monk seal with what appears to be a spotted eel in its nose. This whole situation could just be a "weird anomaly" or a "crazy statistical quirk, and we may never see it again", he added.

The response teams have been able to successfully remove all eels from the affected seals. The episode was just the latest eel-in-snout incident to occur in the past two years, baffling researchers. Have you ever seen a face that said "guess this is my life now lol" more than that stupid seal's stupid face?

Researchers don't know exactly what is causing the eels to lodge themselves up monk seals' noses, but they are clearly problematic for a mammal that seals its nostrils to dive underwater.

According to the team with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, the unusual phenomenon has been seen a handful of times in the past - each with the same outcome.

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"Hawaiian monk seals forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs, under rocks, or into the sand".

'They are looking for prey that likes to hide, like eels.

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

"This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape", he said.

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'Alternatively, the seal could have swallowed the eel and regurgitated it so that the eel came out the wrong way.

If that had been the case with this seal, the animal probably could have gotten rid of the eel on its own by shaking its head around.

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. The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post. But recent years have shown "encouraging developments", according to NOAA Fisheries.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program has shared images of the creatures in what looks like an uncomfortable predicament.

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