Kids aren’t the only animals efficient in getting unusual things stuck in their nostrils.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research study Program reported on a squicky discover today when it shared a Facebook picture of a seal with a spotted eel hanging from its nose.

Yes, that’s an eel in a seal.


NOAA Fisheries/Brittany Dolan.

The seal looks remarkably chill considering its situation.

What’s even complete stranger is that the seal program has actually seen this take place prior to, initially keeping in mind the phenomenon a couple of years earlier and pointing out numerous cases of juvenile seals with nostril eels ever since. Researchers are uncertain if this shows a teen-seal trend that will continue into the future.

” In all cases the eel was effectively gotten rid of and the seals were great. The eels, nevertheless, did not make it,” composes marine biologist Brittany Dolan in the Facebook post.

NOAA researchers have a couple concepts about how the eel may have entered the seal schnoz. Monk seals look for food by sticking their faces into tight locations. “This might be a case of an eel that was cornered attempting to safeguard itself or leave,” states NOAA

Another possibility is that the seal downed the eel and after that regurgitated it up the incorrect method, just like that time you snorted out milk when your buddy informed you an unforeseen joke.

NOAA reports all of the eel-huffing seals have actually revealed no ill results from their fish-sniffing experiments.

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