The forest and sea experts received a big shock after a 36-foot humpback whale was found dead in the middle of the Amazon forest last week.
According to the reports, the ten-tonne Whale was discovered by locals on Marajo island off the Araruna Beach. Though there’s no official confirmation on how the whale has reached the forest, scientists believe that the mammal might have reached the forest area after high tides threw it inland.
“We only found the whale because of the presence of scavenging birds of prey. The vultures were spotted circling above the carcass which was found hidden in the bush some distance from the sea,” Darlene Silva, Department of Health, Sanitation and Environment (Semma), told Journal O Liberal.
A team of experts from Semma visited the spot to investigate how the whale landed in the middle of the dense rainforest.
However, the whale showed no signs of injury and biologists from Bicho D’agua Institute believe it was already dead when waves carried it to the forest area.
“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,” Marine specialist Renata Emin said.