When scavenging vultures notified local officials with their wailing, a 36-foot-long whale (yep, a whale) was recently discovered in Brazil’s isolated forest, far from its native home.
Although it’s no secret that the Amazon jungle is teeming with life, one recent discovery has confounded even the most seasoned wildlife specialists and scientists. They discovered the corpse of a 10-ton humpback whale in the thicket of Brazil’s Marajó Island.
According to preliminary speculations, the whale washed up on shore after a storm or was already dead when rising waves dragged it onto land. Scientists are baffled as to how it got so far inland or why it was swimming off the coast of Marajó in the first place.
The body is currently being examined by marine scientists from the local conservation organisation Bicho D’agua Institute, with preliminary analyses indicating that the baby whale perished a few days before being discovered 50 feet off the coast. Renata Emin, the project’s leader, is enthralled by the mammal’s discovery and curious about its trip.
“We’re still not sure how it got here,” she explained, “but we’re speculating the creature was drifting near to the coast and the tide, which has been rather high for the previous several days, scooped it up and tossed it inland, into the mangrove.”
“Along with this incredible performance, we’re perplexed as to what a humpback whale is doing on the north coast of Brazil in February,” she continued.
Humpback whales are usually seen in the late summer and fall, however they may be found much further south. They only travel north to the Amazon River’s mouth on very rare occasions. The newborn animal was removed from its mother, according to Emin, but the reason of death is yet unknown.
“Some information may have already been lost depending on the degree of decomposition,” Emin remarked. “We’re gathering as much information as we can and examining its body for markings and wounds to determine if it was trapped in a net or struck by a boat.”
Access to the corpse and the place where it was discovered is so difficult, according to State Department employee Dirlene Silva, that it had to be taken apart and analyzed on the spot.
“It’s quite tough to get there, and we can’t send a bulldozer because it wouldn’t go through,” Silva explained. “There’s no way to get rid of it.” We’ll have to traverse the marsh to get there.”
There are currently no plans to remove the corpse because to its size, weight, and position. Instead, the most of it will be buried, with the skeleton being taken to the Goeldi Natural History Museum in Belem for further study.
Hopefully, this will lead to a better understanding of what happened to this tragic young humpback – but no one knows for sure right now.