Whales are enormous mammals that exists in the depths of the ocean. They are often left hidden from the rest of the world because one may find it hard to uncover their habitat from deep below.
However, in recent years, there has been cases of dead whales being found on the shore. The most recent one is this discovery of a dead humpback whale in the Amazon rainforest.
The mammal reportedly weighs 10-tons and was mysteriously found in the jungle undergrowth on the island of Marajo, which sits at the mouth of the Amazon River.
Scientists presume that the enormous creature was hurled onshore during a storm but, they do not understand how it came so far inland or why it was swimming off the coast in the first place.
In a report by Independent, Officials from Para state’s health, sanitation and environment department said they only found the 11m-long whale after following the birds of prey which were scavenging on its huge carcass.
The remains were found in such a remote part of the mangrove swamp in the Amazon that it took two trips for the wildlife experts to reach the site.
Researchers said there were no clear reasons why the animal died but were starting to take samples from the carcass for further study.
Renata Emin, the project leader of Bicho D’agua Institute, who was in charge of investigating this rare case said: “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. 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.”
Humpback whales are one of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons). The lifespan of rorquals ranges from 45 to 100 years. Additionally, humpback whales inhabit all major oceans, in a wide band running from the Antarctic ice edge to 77° N latitude.
Now, scientists are in the midst of solving the mystery of the humpback whale being found very far from its natural habitat. What could have happened to this poor mammal?