The Amazon is known for its vast, rich landscape where just about anything can remain hidden within its overgrown vegetation. In fact, much of the surrounding area around the jungle is still largely undiscovered. This surely contributed to a surprising and baffling recent find by scientists – a 36-foot humpback whale found 50 feet from the shore.
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On Friday, a group of biologists approached the island of Marajo, which is located near the mouth of the Amazon River, after receiving reports of a large whale carcass decomposing in the jungle. The whale is estimated to be about one year of age. Little is known as to how the ocean-bound creature ended up so far away from its natural habitat.
According to The Daily Mail, the biologists speculate that the calf died somewhere in the nearby ocean and rough tides must have brought it ashore. But the question remains: How did it die and how did it make its way so far inland?
The Bicho D’agua Institute, a nonprofit organization, posted video evidence and their assertions of what happened to the whale on Facebook. According to the post, there were no visible marks to suggest the mammal was mauled or injured while in the ocean.
The whale was found entangled in the mangroves, which could have meant the calf was unable to free itself and was unable to breathe. Ironically enough, the biologists found the whale carcass after vultures were circling the area above.
“We believe this is a calf which may have been traveling with its mother and probably got lost or separated during the migratory cycle,” Renata Emin, a biologist who found the calf, said. Speculation is all they can go on right now as this is an unprecedented incident.
“We’re still not sure how it landed here, but we’re guessing that the creature was floating close to the shore and the tide, which has been pretty considerable over the past few days, picked it up and threw it inland, into the mangrove,” Emin added.
The team won’t have to wait too long to hear what caused the death of the whale as the Bicho D’agua Institute announced they will have the autopsy findings back within 10 days.