Monk seals always get eels in their noses and scientists want them to stop

Monk seals always get eels in their noses and scientists want them to stop

A loose-looking celestial monk seal lounge near a white sandy beach on green foliage. His eyes are half closed and he has a calm expression on his face. But the calm attitude of the seal surprised.

Why? Well, there's a long black and white eel hanging from his right nostril.

"It's just so shocking," said Claire Simeone, a veterinary and monk seal expert based in Hawaii, opposite the Washington Post. "It's an animal with another animal in its nose."

Simeone was not the only person to be surprised by the photo of the seal and its unusual facial decoration, which was released on Facebook earlier this week by the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.