How did a giant humpback whale find itself in the Amazon rain forest?
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The scenario is really bizarre. Nobody knows how a 36-foot-long whale carcass that was found outside of its normal environment got there.
There are certainly hypotheses, as you would expect with any unsolved mystery, but nothing specific.
The 10 tonne creature was discovered in Brazil’s woodlands, around 50 feet from the ocean.
Even though the finding location may not be too far away, imagine yourself as a dead whale. You would find it difficult to even leave the water, much less make it into the woods.
At the mouth of the Amazon river, on the island of Marajo, a humpback whale was found in February 2019. It was discovered in the bushes at a location known as Araruna Beach.
The scientists’ best theory is that choppy waters and strong tides threw the entire monster out of the ocean and up into the trees.
To find out exactly what happened to the whale, a team of experts went to the location.
The NGO Bicho D’Agua Institute’s team indicated in a Facebook post that the animal may have become entangled in the mangroves after being thrown ashore onto the island.
The publication Maritime Herald speculated that the whale could have perished after consuming ocean garbage. Most people believe that the animal was already dead when it washed up on the coast.
While no exact answer was every found it does beg the unanswered question of just how this whale did get there and how it drifted so far from it’s home in the ocean.