This is not supposed to happen…
According to the researchers from the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program juvenile seals have been repeatedly found with eels stuck in their noses. Researchers are not sure how this keeps happening, but they think it’s a result of the seals foraging in tight rock/coral formations which happen to be homes for the eels.
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. – PC B. Dolan
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Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany Dolan