Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

Do you mind? A juvenile Hawaiian Monk Seal with an eel up its nose. Image Facebook  Hawaiian Monk Seal Research ProgramMore

Do you mind? A juvenile Hawaiian Monk Seal with an eel up its nose. Image Facebook Hawaiian Monk Seal Research ProgramMore

[I] n the almost 40 years that we have been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, we have only started seeing "eels in noses" in the last few years.

In what is truly a weird 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. "In nearly 40 years of monitoring, we have actually never observed this until a few years ago", Littnan said. "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 agency said. The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post.

And, the phenomenon has only popped up recently. "You know what they say".

Researchers recorded a record number of seal pups born on the main Hawaiian islands this year.

Officials estimate only about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, most of which are found near the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

This is up significantly from the previous record set in 2013, when 21 pups were born. The seals' numbers have increased, even though these little creatures always "find unique ways to get themselves into trouble", Littnan said.

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The vet tried to remove the eel with "quick handling" because breathing problems would be exacerbated if the seal tried to swim or dive.

Either way, all can agree it doesn't look comfortable. So, they go for the food, like eels, whose strategy is to hide.

They also suggested that the seals could have swallowed the eels and regurgitated it, causing the eels to come out the wrong way.

A juvenile Hawaiian Monk Seal found itself in a spot of bother earlier this week when a sizeable eel became lodged in its nose.

'This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape.

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