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Hawaiian seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses


Hawaiian monk seals are apparently known for getting eels stuck up their noses — and scientists aren’t exactly sure why.


“Mondays … It might not have been a good one for you but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose,” Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program wrote on Facebook , along with a strange, yet cute photo of a the semiaquatic mammal in a sealy predicament.


The seal can be seen toting a spotted eel in its right nostril and squinting its eyes.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explained Wednesday that these types of seals “forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs, under rocks, or into the sand.


In all cases of this phenomenon, the eels were able to be successfully removed and caused no harm to the seals.


The seal can be seen toting a spotted eel in its right nostril and squinting its eyes.






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