Endangered monk seal spotted with eel stuck up its nose

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According to the NOAA website, researchers started spotting eels in seals' noses just a few years ago, even though the Hawaiian monk seals have been monitored for over 40 years due to their status as a protected endangered species.

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.

"Mondays...it might not have been a good one for you but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose", said the post.

A monk seal spotted with eel stuck up its nose in Hawaii. 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.

It's not clear, however, why this keeps happening.

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

Alternatively, the stuck eel could be the result of the seal, which often throws up food, regurgitating its food the wrong way.

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

Or if the seal brought the eel out to the surface to eat the prey, the eel could have whipped around and got into the nose, Littnan said.

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 eels, however, did not make it".

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

"It was nearly like those magician trick scarves that they just keep pulling out of the hat", the post added. "All the seals were released and haven't shown any issues from the incidents".

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

Researchers first spotted a seal with an eel nasal appendage in the summer of 2016, emailing colleagues who initially thought it was a joke.

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