"We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions", the organisation wrote.
The photo of the adorable and mildly uncomfortable-looking seal with an eel dangling from its nostril was shared by the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, which works with the NOAA Fisheries to conserve and protect the Hawaiian Monk seal population, according to Newsweek.
After spotting the freakish pairing at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands this past summer, researchers quickly acted to relieve the seal of its discomfort.
According to the team with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, the odd phenomenon has been seen a handful of times in the past - each with the same outcome.
"We've been intensively monitoring monk seals for four decades and in all of that time nothing like this has happened", said Charles Littnan, lead scientist at Noaa's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. "We don't know if this is just some unusual statistical anomaly or if we will see more eels in seals in the future", NOAA said.
"All of the seals that we have encountered in this slippery situation have been quickly caught by our response teams and the eel gently and successfully removed".
Monk seals nose around in coral reefs, root around in the sand, and flip over 50-lb.
'This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape.
The phenomena could cause potential problems for the seals in terms of infections or even by affecting their ability to dive and feed on marine creatures.
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There are only an estimated 632 mature Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
NOAA reports all of the eel-huffing seals have shown no ill effects from their fish-sniffing experiments. Or, the seal regurgitated it and it went out the wrong place. "One of them was really far in so it was like a magician's handkerchief trick, we just had to keep pulling and pulling".