STRANGE BUT TRUE
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.