Much like humans, animals are susceptible to having the occasional bad day. Of course, instead of feeling beaten down by, say, missing their train or being splashed by a giant puddle, it might be because they were chased by a deer, or surrounded by a pack of hyenas, or accidentally shot their owners. Though it could also be because they ended up with an eel stuck up their nose, like this poor Hawaiian monk seal did.
The photo of the young seal, which was posted on Facebook by the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program earlier this week, illustrates what is evidently an increasing issue for the endangered species: eels in noses, per a report from Atlas Obscura. According to the researchers, there's been a recent surge in "eel in nose" situations in the habitats they monitor throughout French Frigate Shoals in the northernmost parts of Hawaii, and no one knows exactly why it's happening.
"In the nearly 40 years that we have been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, we have only started seeing 'eels in noses' in the last few years," reads a blog entry posted by the HMSRP. "Yet, our researchers have observed this phenomenon three or four times now. We don't know if this is just some strange statistical anomaly or something we will see more of in the future."