Animal experts were left perplexed after the carcass of a juvenile Humpback whale was discovered inland, in a remote mangrove swamp near the mouth of the Amazon river.
The animal, measuring 36ft (11 metres), was hidden in the undergrowth a short distance from the shoreline in the forest of the northern Brazilian state of Para. It took two separate attempts by workers from the department of health, sanitation and environment (Semma) to reach the whale, which was only discovered because of the scavenging birds circling overhead.
Conservationists from the Bicho d’Agua Institute, who were also present, believe the humpback whale to be a 12 month-old calf that got separated from its mother, before being launched ashore by high tides during a storm.
Renata Emin PhD, the project leader from the institute, said: “Along with this astonishing feat, we are baffled as to what a humpback whale is doing on the north coast of Brazil during February because this is a very unusual occurrence.”
With no discernible wounds, tissue samples from the whale are being tested to determine how it died, but some details regarding its short life and mysterious death may have been lost to several days of decomposition and scavenging.
The Maritime Herald speculated it was possible that the humpback may have swum towards the beach in search of food and been suffocated after inhaling large amounts of plastic.
Brazil’s environmental agency told reporters that the whale would be left in the forest since there is no way that bulldozers would be able to reach the site. The skeleton will, however, be taken apart and sent to a natural history museum in the nearby city of Belem.
Finding carcasses of sea animals on the shores is not uncommon, thanks to the growing pollution and poaching. But recently, a massive 36-feet-long humpback whale has been found dead in the Amazon jungle in Brazil, leaving everybody – from experts to commoners – shocked.
According to experts, the whale might have died at sea and its carcass was thrown up into the jungle area by rough sea tides. A team from Semma, Brazil, went to the area to inspect the whale’s remains.
The whale is believed to be a 12-month-old calf. Its body bore no external injury.
The Maritime Herald said in a report that the whale might have been killed by consuming marine plastics and then the carcass was washed ashore into the jungle.
How could the carcass reach a place which is by no means a habitat for a giant sea mammal? The animal was found around 50 feet away from the nearest sea body.
The carcass was discovered last Friday, February 22, on the island of Marajo off the Aaruna Beach, at the mouth of the Amazon River.