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Eels in Seals


Image Source: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany Dolan

Scientists are baffled by an image of a seal with an eel stuck up its nose.

The photo was shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but apparently this is not the first time it's happened.

"In the nearly 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. We don't know if this is just some strange statistical anomaly or if we will see more eels in seals in the future," they said.

The Guardian reported that NOAA scientist Charles Littnan said "They get stuck in there really snug, so you have to restrain the seal and give the eel a firm tug to get it out."

How bizarre!