Scientists Left Stumped by Humpback Whale Found in the Middle of the Amazon

While the Amazonian rainforest is perhaps home to the most diverse ecosystem on Earth, and its inhabited by millions of different species, when you think about the Amazon, you don’t expect to see it associated with whales.

Humpback whales are some of the most fascinating creatures inhabiting Earth’s Oceans.

Adult Humpback Whales range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons).

The species has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and knotty heads.

The Humpback whale is considered an acrobatic animal that is often propelled on the surface to then hit the water.

Male Humpback Whales emit a complex sound, which lasts from ten to twenty minutes and repeats for hours each time.

The purpose of the song is not clear. However, it seems to play a role in mating.

A Lost Baby Humpback Whale

Brazilian conservation group Bicho D’água have reported that scientists from Brazil have been left stumped by the carcass of an 8-meter humpback whale found in the mangrove forests of northern Brazil.

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A baleia jubarte encalhada em Soure, ilha de Marajó, era um filhote de cerca de um ano de idade e 8 m de comprimento. A carcaça foi encontrada a mais ou menos 15 m da praia. Devido às macromarés, comuns na Costa Norte do Brasil, é totalmente compreensível que uma carcaça vá parar dentro do manguezal. Não é um animal adulto, nem tão grande como parece nas imagens. #bichodagua #biodiversidade #amazonia #icmbio #resexsoure #biodiversidade #biodiversity #ong #amazonia #amazonforest #amazonriver #humpback #humpbackwhale #baleiajubarte #preserveanatureza #bichodagua #icmbio #semmasoure #activism #ativismo #planeteatrh #planetaterra #savethewhales #salveasbaleias #rainforests #marinemammals #mamiferosaquaticos

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The whale, believed to be just one year old according to reports, was discovered around 15 meters (49 feet) from the river beach on Marajó Island, famous for being the world’s largest island created by sediments deposited from a river.

Scientists believe that the humpback whale washed into the river mouth and was most likely dumped on land as high tides pulled back.

Apart from the unusual position where the animal was found, scientists are also surprised that the whale was found on the northern coast of Brazil in February, when they are normally seen on the northeast coast of Bahia between August and November, before migrating to Antarctic waters in search of food.

It is believed that the reason the whale got stranded is because it was separated from the rest during migration and eventually died as a result of stress.

Experts will study the carcass of the animal in efforts to identify the exact cause of death, reports OTempo.

Samples from the humpback whale will be taken in the next couple of days to understand the strange occurrence and scientists say that the body of the animal will be buried.

Images by Instagram/Bicho_Dagua.

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