The Bicho D’agua Institute, an NGO working on Brazil’s Marajo Island, is stunned to have found a gigantic humpback whale in the Brazilian jungle. Not just on the beach, but really in between the trees. The 12-month old calf was found some 15 metres from the ocean.
“We only noticed the whale because of the presence of birds of prey. We saw the vultures circling above the carcass that was somewhat hidden in the jungle,” said Dirlene Silva of government agency Semma. The carcass may have been there for several days.
Scientists investigate why the animal has just landed in that strange place. They take into account that the whale died at sea and was thrown inland by fierce waves.
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A baleia jubarte encalhada em Soure, ilha de Marajó, era um filhote de cerca de um ano de idade e 8 m de comprimento. A carcaça foi encontrada a mais ou menos 15 m da praia. Devido às macromarés, comuns na Costa Norte do Brasil, é totalmente compreensível que uma carcaça vá parar dentro do manguezal. Não é um animal adulto, nem tão grande como parece nas imagens. #bichodagua #biodiversidade #amazonia #icmbio #resexsoure #biodiversidade #biodiversity #ong #amazonia #amazonforest #amazonriver #humpback #humpbackwhale #baleiajubarte #preserveanatureza #bichodagua #icmbio #semmasoure #activism #ativismo #planeteatrh #planetaterra #savethewhales #salveasbaleias #rainforests #marinemammals #mamiferosaquaticos
“Not only the location of the dead animal is mysterious,” explained marine biologist Renata Emin. “We also wonder what a humpback on the northern coast of Brazil would do in February. That is very unusual.”
According to the experts, humpbacks stay in Bahia on the northeast coast between August and November. Then the whales migrate to Antarctica.
“We suspect that this calf has become separated from its mother during the migration,” says Emin. At first sight, no injuries are visible. An autopsy should bring more clarity about the cause of death.
Source: Facebook Bicho d’Agua