A relaxed-looking Juvenile Hawaiian monk seal lounges live a sandy white beach on some green foliage. His eyes are half-closed, and it has a clear appearance on his face. But the seals' calm demeanor is surprising.
Why? Well, it's a long, black-white white venaulin from its right nausea.
"It's just so shocking," Claire Simeone, a veterinarian and monk seal expert based in Hawaii, told the Washington Post on Thursday. "There is an animal that has another animal stuck up its nose."
Simone is not the only person stunning by the photo of the seal and its unusual facial ornaments that was shared earlier this week on Facebook by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program.
The image – taken this year in the far north west Hawaiian islands – has since gone viral, drawing attention to a rare phenomenon that continues to target scientists such as Charles Littnan, who is now seeking the ending seals to "make better choices."
It all started about two years ago when Lieutenant, the lead scientist of the monk seal program, woke up to a funny email from researchers in the field. The topic was short: "Nell in nose."
"It was like," We found a seal with an eagle stuck in his nose. "" Have a protocol? "Littner told the mail in a telephone interview.
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 two-and-a-half-feet dead eagle emerged from the seal's nail.
Since then, Lieutenant has been there for at least three or four cases reported, and most recently the case. In all cases, the ills are quickly removed and the seals are "doing great," he said. None of the oil, however, survived.
"We have no idea why this is happening," said Littnan.
"You see some very strange things if you keep the nature sufficient, and this may end up being one of the few oddities and mysteries of our careers, 40 years ago, we will be retired and ask how this happened."
Researchers have been determined that this is not the result of a person with a personal vendetta against seals and ills, because all the cases are reported from remote islands only featured 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 deliver their faces in the coral reef holes, and they will spit water out of their mouth to explore things out. And they will do all sorts of tricks, but they are shaving their faces in holes," Littnan said.
Maybe he said he decided that the only way to escape or defend himself was to shoot his protruder, and the young seals that are "not fit to get their flesh."
But Littner said that the theory does 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 eagle" would end up going through a seal of the nose rather than out 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 get into troublesome situations," Littnan said.
"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 1,600 reactions as early as morning. The heading read, "Mondays … It can not have a good one for you, but it was better than a winger in your nose." It also became a trending moment on Twitter.
Nose of a seal
It was stuffed with a calf
That's a Moray https://t.co/rjDabSvvtw
– FIIIIIVE GO-HOLD RIIIIINNNGSAH (@Scribit) December 7, 2018
Many expressed sympathy for the seal to experience what one Twitter user Described As "the most uncomfortable thing ever."
"Rip whatever, but how much must it have been for the seal when it is pulled out?" Another person Surprised.
Littnan, however, tells the post of the young seal, "apparently fairly overseeing the fact that there were two feet of eel sticks out of his face."
In general, Simon said, marine animals are "very stoic." She tells, "It's amazing the things they can suffer."
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."
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