Hawaiian Monk Seals Face New Threat: Getting Eels Stuck Up Their Noses


A picture of a monk seal with an eel up its nose was shared this week by a Hawaii-based division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). "The "exit" of the victim through the nose instead of the mouth provokes the situation.", - stated in the message.

Seals typically seal their nostrils shut when diving into the water, a process hampered by the presence of a nose-dwelling eel.

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.

Mondays...it might not have been a good one for you but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose. Specifically, it was actually a spotted eel that was stuck inside the young seal's nose, and response teams were able to gently remove it without harming or causing damage to the seal. To explain this phenomenon, scientists are unable, however, to note that seem to have been mentioned three or four times.

"In 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", it said.

So far, they are still not certain whether it is merely a odd anomaly or whether they will see more of such incidents in the years to come.

No one is quite sure why the seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses, but it may have to do with their feeding practices, as seals often shove their snouts into coral reef crevices in search of food.

"It was just like, 'We found a seal with an eel stuck in its nose".

Or (charmingly) the eels could be a regurgitation of an earlier meal the seal consumed.

The conservation agency reassured concerned viewers on Facebook that the eel was successfully removed, saying that the procedure required light restraint of the seal and a slow, steady pull on the eel, taking around 30 seconds in total.

Despite the eels' successful extraction, they could pose a serious threat to the seals.

You might think the life of a Hawaiian monk seal would be pretty easy. "One juvenile seal did this very stupid thing and now the others are trying to mimic it". She added, "It's awesome the kinds of things they can tolerate". "We don't know if this is just some odd statistical anomaly or something we will see more of in the future".