Seals repeatedly sting eels – Scientists have no idea why, according to a Friday report
A photograph of a Hawaiian monk seal with the Wormlish marine dangling from its Schnoz was virulent this week – and According to the Washington Post, at least three more victims of the Booger-like intruders were spotted.
"It's so shocking," monk seal expert Claire Simeone told the newspaper. "It's an animal that has another animal in its nose."
Two years ago, researchers sent an e-mail titled "Eel in Nose" to scientists who studied the seals, asking for theories about what causes the stinking, rude nasal guests, the scientist Charles Littnan told the newspaper.
"It was just like," We found a seal with an eel in the nose. Do we have a protocol? "Littnan said."
Researchers say the eels ̵
The seals of one Seal prey, including eels, often hide in reefs to avoid being eaten.
Seals hunt their faces, making them easy targets for the nasal invaders.
But many scientists are still amazed.
19659002] Idea why this happens suddenly, "said Littnan." You see some very strange things when you observe nature long enough, and this could end up being one of those little curiosities and secrets of our career that we have in 40 years will not have anymore. We will retire and still ask how this happened. "
The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a photo of a seal with an eel in its nose on Tuesday.
The photo was taken, according to Washington, in the remote northwestern Hawaiian Islands.