Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Stuck Up Its Nose

Gwen Vasquez
December 7, 2018

Monk seals nose around in coral reefs, root around in the sand, and flip over 50-lb.

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

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program reported on a squicky find this week when it shared a Facebook photo of a seal with a spotted eel dangling from its nose. "The seal did not struggle very much, and no blood came out when the eel was being removed".

"When an eel lunges out and clamps on to your snout, That's a Moray", joked one commenter on Facebook".

"We've been intensively monitoring monk seals for four decades and in all of that time nothing like this has happened", Charles Littnan, lead scientist at Noaa's Hawaiian monk seal research program, told the Guardian.

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. The monk seals feed on or near the bottom of the ocean, because they're "very efficient" and "don't like to chase things in the water", he said.

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Baffled researchers have no idea how the seal (or the eel) found itself in this 'slippery situation, ' though they suspect it has something to do with the way the mammals hunt.

Fortunately, all the be-eeled seals they've spotted have been successfully de-eeled. The post goes on to say that researchers have found young seals with eels stuck in their noses on "multiple occasions". The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post.

Once revealed the seal was in good health, social media users couldn't help but poke a little fun at the "rebel" sea creature.

Hawaiian monk seals are among the most endangered seals on the planet, with only about 1,400 of them living in Hawaii.

NOAA reports all of the eel-huffing seals have shown no ill effects from their fish-sniffing experiments.

Or, just like in the YouTube videos where people sneeze and spit up long strands of pasta through their noses, the seal could have regurgitated an eel that it ate, with the eel coming out the wrong pipe, Littnan said. Never stop doing what you love: huffing eels.

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