Maintaining sections of endangered animals can be difficult, especially if they are actively guarded by hunters who are not interested in the law. The tears of threatened Hawaiian monk seals are the result of the past hunt and human development of the Hawaiian islands, but now the species has thrown environmentalists into curvature.
More and more of the seals, which are only in the Hawaiian Islands, are spotted with eels stuck in their noses. No matter how humorous it may seem (the photo taken by NOAA is really fun), it is actually a challenge for scientists who are doing their best to keep the species healthy.
"Over the past 40 years we have been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monks, we have seen" eel in the noses "over the last few years," NOAA explains. "But our researchers have observed this phenomenon three or four times, and we do not know if this is just a strange statistical anomaly or if we see more eels in seals in the future.
Without seeing the seals that actually get the grains glued to their noses, it's hard for scientists to determine how this happens, but they think the food habits of the print can be guilty. According to NOAA, seals tend to push their faces into gaps in underwater rocks and reefs in search of food, and the eel caught can see the nostrils as the only way out.
The good news is that the researchers have managed to capture all seals they have seen seeing eels and safely removing them. Plates look no worse for wear, which is great news as there are less than 2000 seals left alive