Be thankful your life isn't as bad as this seal with an eel stuck up its nose
This is the kind of internet we're here for.
Given the sad news that Jack and Dani have broken up, we're in the mood for a good pick-me-up story and spotting this seal, albeit in a very unfortunate predicament with an eel stuck up its nose, has given us a laugh.
There's a sentence I never thought I'd write.
Twitter has exploded today with people's reactions to the bizarre photo and we're living for the craic of it all.
NOSE OF A SEAL
HAS BEEN STUFFED WITH AN EEL
THAT'S A MORAY https://t.co/rjDabSvvtw
— FIIIIIVE GO-HOLD RIIIIINNNGSAH (@Scriblit) December 7, 2018
You've heard of Elf on A Shelf....
How about Eel in A Seal?! pic.twitter.com/L6yRYZIGGK
— ??DansGiving?? (@DanIsAPhantom) December 6, 2018
According to Live Science, this isn't the first time it's happened. Seals with eels up their noses is a phenomenon that has been increasing in the past couple of years. And apparently, it seems to always be the right nostril with the trapped eel! Charles Littnan, a monk seal conservation biologist has said that as yet, scientists do not know why this is occurring but has a few theories.
Monk seals feed at the bottom of the ocean and Charles thinks that eels could be ramming themselves up the noses of seals as a defence mechanism before accidentally getting trapped.
Or (charmingly) the eels could be a regurgitation of an earlier meal the seal consumed.
Thankfully, Live Science has said that:
"In every instance of eel-nose, including this one, the researchers have removed the eel successfully. The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it."