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Early last month, biologists found a humpback whale in the middle of Brazil’s Amazon jungle. That’s right, a 26 foot long whale found 50 feet into the jungle. The dead whale was found 50 feet away from the shore of Araruna Beach.
According to the Brazilian nonprofit, the Bicho D’agua, Institute, “It is not an adult animal, nor as large as it seems in the pictures.”
A marine biologist, Renata Emin, says “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 the 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.”
Officials have speculated that the whale likely died to stress from separation from its mother and too much plastic in its stomach. Although there is no formal cause of death yet, scientists are working on it.
Emin also told the press that, “depending on the state of decomposition, some information may already have been lost. We are collecting as much information as we can get and identifying marks and wounds on its body to see if it was caught in a net or hit by a boat.”
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