Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists

Monk seal spotted with eel stuck up its nose. METRO GRAB taken from https

Regardless, we're happy to hear this sweet, vaguely irritated monk seal has been returned to its normal, eel-less state.

"We've been intensively monitoring monk seals for four decades and in all of that time nothing like this has happened", said Charles Littnan, the lead scientist at Noaa's Hawaiian monk seal research program, to the Guardian.

A juvenile Hawaiian monk seal was spotted with a spotted eel in its nose at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands this past summer.

If you were a Hawaiian monk seal, you'd have to contend with THIS: getting a god damn EEL stuck in your GOD DAMN NOSE.

Baffled researchers have no idea how the seal (or the eel) found itself in this 'slippery situation, ' though they suspect it has something to do with the way the mammals hunt.

'We have reported on this phenomenon before which was first noted a few years back, ' the HMSRP wrote in a Facebook post.

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

According to the final post in this saga, researchers were able to trap the seal and extract a 60cm-long goddamn eel from its nose, noting that it "was surprising as only about 10cm were hanging out" of its nose before extraction. "The eels, however, did not make it".

The phenomena could cause potential problems for the seals in terms of infections or even by affecting their ability to dive and feed on marine creatures.

Monk seals nose around in coral reefs, root around in the sand, and flip over 50-lb.

"This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape", he said. "We might never know". "All the seals were released and haven't shown any issues from the incidents".

"It was nearly like those magician trick scarves that they just keep pulling out of the hat", the post added.

Another possibility is that the seal downed the eel and then regurgitated it up the wrong way, much like that time you snorted out milk when your friend told you an unexpected joke.

Hawaiian monk seals are among the most endangered seals on the planet, with only about 1,400 of them living in Hawaii.

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