Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

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.

"They get stuck in there really snug, so you have to restrain the seal and give the eel a firm tug to get it out", said Littnan.

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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been observing an unusual trend - eels getting stuck in Hawaiian monk seals' noses.

While the poor animal didn't appear too bothered by the nosey intruder, field researchers rushed to the scene to help dislodged the eel.

"We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions", the organisation wrote.

A monk seal was spotted with an eel dangling from is nose.

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"What is interesting that in the almost 40 years we have been monitoring and conserving we have only started seeing this in the last few years", he said in an e-mail. In all cases the seals were fine. Have you ever seen a face that said "guess this is my life now lol" more than that stupid seal's stupid face? Since this phenomenon has been observed only in juvenile seals, Littnan said it could also just be that the seals are inexperienced at hunting.

One theory is that seals, which often regurgitate their meals, are simply throwing up eels through their noses.

The program reported another eel-in-nose incident on Facebook in 2016.

Only about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, with the majority residing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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

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. "All the seals were released and haven't shown any issues from the incidents". Never stop doing what you love: huffing eels.

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