A New Scene in Bosch’s Earthly Delight

Monk Seal eel

Garden of Earthly Delights


Scientists are alarmed about an trend among endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals where the juvenile seals have taken to getting entire eels stuck in their noses. As strange as this may be,researchers have nothing to worry about. After all, Hieronymus Bosch understood the oddities of the natural world completely. Why else would he fill his 1510 masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights with anthropomorphic birds eating humans, a pig in a nun’s habit, or a fish using his opposable thumbs to read a book? Looks like this little seal is just trying to return to the biologicalparadise he once knew.

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