Conundrum Over Whale Found in Amazon Forest

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Conundrum Over Whale Found in Amazon Forest

Whale found in Amazon 50 ft from water.

Whale found in Amazon 50 ft from water.

Whale found in Amazon 50 ft from water.

Whale found in Amazon 50 ft from water.

Luna Riley, Staff Reporter

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Off the coast of Brazil on an island called Marajo, a whale’s body washed onto the shore of Araruna beach in the city of Soure near the opening of the Amazon River. Fishermen were walking in the mangrove forest when they came upon the baby whale’s carcass that most likely got separated from its family, and perished from famine or another unknown cause. The whale was found almost fifty feet from the shore, and although whales are popular in South America it is not the correct season for whales to be so far south. By this time in the year most whales have migrated south to Antarctica, so many scientists are confused on how a young whale could be almost 4,000 miles away from its mother. In an interview with the news site G1 Renata Emin, the president of a conservation group called Bicho D’Agua, said, “We imagine it was floating and the tide took it into the mangrove. The question is, what was a humpback whale doing in the month of February on the northern coast of Brazil? Its unusual.”

The conservation group and biologists inspected the remains of the whale to hypothesize on how the mammal could be so far from its home. With no noticeable wounds it will be more difficult for scientists to decide cause of death, so tissue samples were taken to make a more accurate conclusion. Once the samples have been tested researchers will have a better idea of how this animal died and washed up on the shore so far from its natural habitat.