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A HAWAI­IAN monk seal got an eel caught in its nose – and it wasn’t the first time for these en­dan­gered crea­tures.

The Hawai­ian Monk Seal Re­search Pro­gram posted a star­tling pic­ture of the poor pup on Mon­day, and the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion Fish­eries pro­vided more de­tails in a post on Wed­nes­day.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said it had seen the same “eels in noses” phe­nom­e­non a hand­ful of times in the past few years. “We don’t know if this is some strange sta­tis­ti­cal anom­aly or some­thing we will see more of in the fu­ture,” it wrote.

The agency has two the­o­ries on why it hap­pened in this case. Ei­ther a cor­nered eel was try­ing to de­fend it­self or es­cape and wound up in the seal’s nose, or the seal swal­lowed the eel and re­gur­gi­tated its prey out the wrong way.

Good news, though – at least for the seal. “All the seals we have en­coun­tered in this slip­pery sit­u­a­tion have been quickly caught and the eel gen­tly and suc­cess­fully re­moved,” the agency said.

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