Controlling endangered animals can be difficult, especially when actively hunted by hunters who are not interested in the law. The plight of the endangered Hawaiian monk seals is the result of past hunts and human development on the Hawaiian Islands, but now the species has thrown the conservationists spotted with eels in their noses. As humorous as it may seem (the photo above, published by NOAA, is indeed quite funny), it is indeed a challenge for scientists who try their best to keep the species in good condition.
"In the nearly 40 years we have been working to monitor and protect threatened Hawaiian monk seals. We have only begun to see eels in noses in recent years, "explains the NOAA. "Our researchers have now observed this phenomenon three to four times. We do not know if this is just a strange statistical anomaly or if we will see more eels in seals in the future. "
Without realizing that the seals are actually putting the eels in their noses, scientists find it hard to determine how it happened, but they believe that the seal's eating habits could be at fault. According to NOAA, the seals tend to find their way in gaps in underwater rocks and reefs foraging, and a trapped eel may see a nostril as the only possible way out.
The good news is that researchers could catch all the seals they've seen with dangling eels and safely remove them. The seals seem to have no signs of wear and tear, which is good news as less than 2,000 of the remaining seals still live