Dead humpback whale discovered in Brazil’s Amazon jungle puzzles researchers

connectVideoMystery surrounds humpback whale found dead in the brazilian Amazon jungle

Experts are surprised how a humpback whale ended up in the brazilian Amazon jungle.

Biologists were stunned to discover the body of a humpback whale is picked up by the vultures in the middle of trees and shrubs in the brazilian Amazon jungle in late February.

The sea creature, which is about 26 feet long, was found dead about 50 metres from the coast of Araruna Beach, the Brazilian non-profit Bicho D’água Institute says.

“It is not an adult, nor as big as it seems on the photos,” the conservation of the group explained in an Instagram post on Sunday, sharing a number of photos of the carcass of the whale.


A team of the region’s Municipal Secretariat of Health, Hygiene, and Environment (SEMMA) was alerted to investigate the incident. Marine experts with Bicho D’água believe that a powerful tide started with the whale in the inland.

“We are still not sure how it landed here, but we think that the creature floated close to the shore and the tide, that is quite substantially more than the past few days, picked it up and threw it in the interior, in the mangrove,” Renata Emin, a maritime specialist, told the Brazilian news site O Liberal, according to Newsweek.

“Along with this amazing achievement, we are baffled as to what a humpback whale is doing on the north coast of Brazil in February, because this is a very unusual event,” Emin continued, noting that it is also a strange time of year for humpback whale sightings.

Officials have ventured many guesses, what has contributed to the whale’s demise — succumbing to stress due to the separation of her mother is consuming too much plastic.


Pollution is a problem for the environment and humans, but it is especially troubling for the marine life.

A 2014 study published in Public Library of Science journal revealed there is a minimum of 5 trillion pieces of plastic (weighing 268,940 tonnes) in our oceans — and that number is expected to grow.

However, the officials not formally, this can be a cause of the death of the animal until a necropsy is completed. Biologists have collected samples of the calf and will be next to the skeleton to reconstruct and to move to the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, a natural history museum in the area, The Independent reports.

“Depending on the state of decomposition, some information is already lost,” Emin told the British publication. “We are gathering as much information as possible and marks and wounds on his body to see if it was caught in a net or hit by a boat.”

When grown, humpback whales can grow up to 62 feet long and weigh about 40 tons — about the size of a bus, National Geographic states on its website. They feed mainly on krill, plankton and other small fish.

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