The image – taken this year in the far northwest Hawaiian islands – is going viral, drawing attention to a rare phenomenon that continues to target scientists who are now seeking the end-to-end seals to "make better choices."
It all started about two years ago, when Charles Littnan, a lecturer of the monk seal program, woke up to a strange email from researchers in the field. The topic was short: "Nell in nose."
"It was like," We found a seal with a wool stuck in his nose, do we have a protocol? " Littnan told the Post.
There was nothing, Lieutenant said, and it took some emails and phone calls before the decision was made to raise the eagle and try to pull it out.
"It was only possible that two inches of the eagle were still sticking out of the nose, so it was very important for the magician's trick, when they pulled out the handkerchief and they came and came and came," he said. .
After less than a minute of tagging, a 75-cm dead venue emerged from the seal's nail.
Since then, Lieutenant has been there at least three or four reported cases – the recent event of the US. It. Autumn. In all cases, the ills are quickly removed and the seals are "doing great," he said. However, none of the survivors survived.
"We have no idea why this is happening," said Littnan. "You see some very strange things if you watch nature long enough and it can end up being one of the few oddities and mysteries of our careers that 40 years from now, we'll be retired and still questioning just how it happened."
Researchers have been determined that this is not the result of a person with a personal vendetta against seals and ills, since all cases are reported from remote islands that are only frequent by scientists. Lyttnan has said that he has a few theories about how a wool can usually end up wedge in a seal's nos.
A seal spherical – usually fish, octopuses and, of course, etc. – How to hide in coral reefs to avoid being eaten, and since the marine mammals do not have hands, they have to hunt with their faces.
"They like to stick their faces in the coral reef holes and they will spit water out of their mouth to just things out and they'll do all sorts of tricks, but they are shaving their faces in holes," said Littnan.
Perhaps he said, a corner that decided that the only way to escape or to protect himself was to swim up the nest and young seals that are "not really adapting to their food yet" forced to study a tough lecture.
But Littner said that the theory did not make much sense.
"They are really quite long, and their diameter is probably close to what it would be for a nasal passage," he said.
He adds that the nostrils of a monk seal, which reflexively close when it is diving for food, is very muscular and it would be difficult for any animal to push through.
"I struggle to think of a wool really wanting to force his way into a nose," he said.
The other way to end up in Noustras is by throwing up. Similar to how people sometimes end up accidentally spewing foods or beverages from their noses, which may also occur to seals that often regurgitate their meals.
Still, Lieutenant said that it could not seem that a "long, fat eager" would end up with a seal of the nose, but not of his mouth. The "most plausible" theory, he said, is that monk seal teenagers are not all that different from their person counterparts. Monk seals "seemingly naturally continued to overcome troublesome situations," said Littnan.
"It has to feel like one of the teenagers' trends," he said. "One jewelery seal has this very stupid thing and now the others are trying to imitate it."
Although no seals have died or have been seriously affected by the oil, having a dead animal up their noses for any extended amount of time poses potentially adverse health impacts, said Simeon, director of Ke Kai Ola, a monk seal hospital in Hawaii Run by the Marine Mammal Center.
With a noble lump in his nose, a monk seal can not be able to shut down the blocked needles when diving, which means water can get into their lungs and cause problems, such as pneumonia, said Simeon. A decomposed worm carcass may also lead to infections, she said.
On Facebook, the photo of the seal has more than 1600 reactions as early as Friday morning. The caption read, "Mondays … It does not have a good one for you but it has to be better than a winger in your nose." It also became a trending moment on Twitter.
Many expressed sympathy for the seal to experience what one of the Twitter user created as "the most uncomfortable thing ever".
"Rip whatever, but how much must it have been for the seal when it is pulled out?" Another man wandered.
However, Littn said that the young seal "was apparently fine oblivious to the fact that there were two feet of eel sticks out of his face."
In general, SamMone has marine animals are "very stoic", adding, "It's amazing the kinds of things they can tolerate."
While "all sorts of people" still caught up in the seal community, Littnan hoped he never did.
"We hope it's just one of the things that will disappear and never seen again," he said.
If monk seals could understand people, Lieutenant said that he had a message for them: "I would be pleased to stop them."
The Washington Post
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