You ever get the feeling that our smart technology has gotten a little bit too smart and knows you too well? It happens to us every now and then when Netflix or Hulu will suggest something to watch that's a little too perfect. Or how about all the times you see a Facebook ad that's hitting a bit close to home but is also pretty ridiculous? We can handle you trying to sell stuff to us, but we could do without the sass thank you very much.
Monk seals are kind of adorable, but they're also pretty fearless and ferocious predators. They're agile, they're quick, they've got incredibly sharp teeth and the brains to know just how to use them. As a species, seals are some of the most skilled hunters the sea has to offer. People who live near them often revere their hunting prowess and understand that they're really not to be trifled with.
That can be really hard to remember when a picture like this comes along and ruins the whole bad-ass seal hunter image.
Yeah, that's a monk seal with an eel stuck up its nose. We don't know how the eel got there, but according to Hawaiian monk seal researchers, this is a thing that just happens sometimes. There are two basic theories. Theory one focuses on how the seals hunt. They shove their heads into holes and crevices looking for food. It's possible that this might cause an eel to panic and try to make a swim for it, ending up inside the seals nostrils. The second theory is that it's possible the seals try to regurgitate the eels for whatever reason and instead of coming back up and out through their mouths, the eels get rocketed out of their noses. We've seen little kids sneeze spaghetti noodles out of their noses so we guess it's plausible.
However the eels get there, it's obviously not the most comfortable situation for the seals involved. When they can, researchers remove the eels. The seals come through the ordeal just fine (maybe a little embarrassed that a picture of them with an eel booger dangling from their face went viral) but the eels aren't so lucky. None have lived to tell the other eels not to try it.
What has survived is that picture .It started making the rounds on the internet and people can't get enough.
Researchers have been tracking the seals for about four decades now, but the eel-in-your-nose phenomena has only been happening recently and only to juvenile seals. We guess eel is just what the kids are doing these days.
Alyssa Milano has never been shy about sharing how much she dislikes Betsy DeVos and her policies. Milano is also a passionate activist for the rights of sexual assault survivors. We would like to say that it's rare that educational policies and sexual assault come together as a subject, but it's 2018 and we know you have heard the news. Those two things come together way more often than any of us should be comfortable with.
Schools have found themselves in the hot seat more than once in recent history with regard to how they handle sexual assaults on campus. The assaults typically happened between students, but in some cases the assaults happened to students at the hands of staff members. In either situation, the survivors had a right to be protected - which didn't always happen.
As the issue of sexual assault on school grounds continues to be something schools are working through, Ms. DeVos decided to step in and use her power and influence to help things along. She didn't implement victims rights programs, offer retraining, start panels to get to the root of why it keeps happening or anything like that. No Betsy DeVos suggested re-writes to the Title IX federal laws meant to ensure gender equality in education.
She proposed changing the definition of sexual assault to a much more narrow term. There can't be as many sexual assaults on campus if violations no longer "count" as sexual assault.
Yeah, that's not AT ALL what sexual assault survivors or their allies wanted. They want to stop being violated, Betsy, not for their violations to somehow no longer qualify as violations. Alyssa Milano wasn't the only person horrified by what a ridiculous non-solution this was. Thousands of people spoke out against it immediately.
Alyssa just did it in a more poetic and Seuss-ian way. Check out this video of her reading us all a story about how this solution is the literal worst.
A Story of #OneShIXttyGift from Betsy DeVos: Narrated by Alyssa Milano www.youtube.com
Milano shared the video with her followers and Twitter was LIVID. Apparently a lot of people didn't even realize this was happening!
We will keep you updated as the law (and this "gift") develops.