PHOTO: Seal Gets Eel Stuck in Nose

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Folks, boy do I have a treat for you. You people like seals? You people like eels? You people like noses? Well then boy oh boy, strap the hell in, because we’ve got the following blessed image… a seal, with an eel stuck in its nose. But how did that eel get in there? How did that eel get out of there? How silly is that photo? (Answer: extremely silly!) Read on friend, and discover the seal nose, the eel, and how that iconic duo combined into one impeccable force!

The seal is a monk seal, and was found in Hawaii by the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program which discovered a mass of these poor creatures with eels stuck in their noses. The program posted the photo originally on Facebook, saying:

Mondays…it might not have been a good one for you but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose. We have reported on this phenomenon before which was first noted a few years back. We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions. In all cases the eel was successfully removed and the seals were fine. The eels, however, did not make it.

According to the researchers, seals get eels stuck in their nose when foraging for food. The eels were removed, and the researchers, according to Newsweek, were shocked just how much eel was in that damn nostril! According to the team:

“The eel was successfully removed from [the seal’s] right nostril this afternoon in 45 seconds! Hooray! It was definitely weird, as the eel was almost two feet long, which was surprising as only about four inches were hanging out of [the seal’s] nostril… It was almost like those magician trick scarves that they just keep pulling out of the hat. We are pretty sure the complete animal was removed, as the skull was found, but some fins or spines may have come off the eel during the removal. The seal did not struggle very much, and no blood came out when the eel was being removed.”

Heck yeah! Magic nostril eels!


Monk eels are endangered, with only 632 left in the wild, and according to the same Newsweek article, the biggest threat to their survival is human beings, particularly those who fish, disturb their habitat and pollute. Damn. And here I was ready to blame it all on the nose eels.

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