While South America is home to some of the most diverse eco-systems on Earth, one thing that is not suppose to be found in the jungle is a whale but that is exactly what was discovered recently.
According to the Brazilian conservation group Bicho D’água, a 26 foot humpback whale was discovered in the mangrove forests of northern Brazil. The whale was found roughly 50 feet from the river beach on Marajó Island, the world’s largest island produced by sediments deposited from a river.
The belief is that the humpback whale had washed into the river mouth and when the tide rolled out, the whale was left ashore.
Humpback whales travel a vast range across the globe, including around the Amazon basin, but it is very unusual to find one in that part of the world during this time of the year. It is likely that the young whale became separated from its pod during migration and eventually died as a result of stress.
Researchers whom headed to the site over the weekend according to the O Tempo, did take samples from the whales carcass to hopefully gain insight into the bizarre incident and if anything else could be revealed about the whales death.
Humpback whales are listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered and face threats from bycatch, sonar testing, ship strikes, climate change and pollution.
Bicho D’água is NGO that operates on donations only with a goal to improve scientific and technical knowledge on the aquatic mammals in the APA of Algodoal / Maiandeua and the east coast of the Island of Marajó, with emphasis on the fauna representative of the Amazonian coast.