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

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

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).

No, it's not a tongue-twister for your office Christmas party, it's something that's actually been happening in Hawaii.

You might think the life of a Hawaiian monk seal would be pretty easy. "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 vet tried to remove the eel with "quick handling" because breathing problems would be exacerbated if the seal tried to swim or dive.

According to the team with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, the odd phenomenon has been seen a handful of times in the past - each with the same outcome. "You know what they say".

They've told the media they really have no idea what's causing the spike in eel-related incidents.

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"If I had to guess, I would say that it's one of those strange oddities", Littnan said. Another is that startled eels get stuck there while attempting to flee the seals as the predators forage for food beneath rocks.

Monk seals are endangered.

Do you mind? A juvenile Hawaiian Monk Seal with an eel up its nose. Or the seal could have swallowed the eel first and regurgitated its prey out the wrong way. But the eel may have gotten deeper into the nose, preventing the seal from removing the invader. The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post. 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 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.

The refreshing news comes as researchers work to protect the endangered species, which is one of just two species of monk seal still in existence.

The picture, which shows the seal looking surprisingly chill, has everyone amused.

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