Highlights: Dead Whale Found in the Amazon Jungle


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  • The carcass which is 8-meter long was found near the mouth of the Amazon river on February 2019.
  • No wounds has been found anywhere on the body, but there were few clues to explain how this creature ended up so far from the water.
  • Specialist still not sure how it ended there, but we’re speculating that the creature was floating too close to the shore and the tide picked it up and slammed it inland into the mangrove.
  • Not only was the whale found remarkably far from shore, it was also found in the exact opposite season you’d expect to see humpbacks in this region.
  • This humpback was found near the mouth of the Amazon River, some 4,000 miles from its expected feeding grounds, a baffling discovery that has stumped the scientists who found it.
  • Looking at the size of the carcass, biologists think the whale is probably a juvenile less than one year old.
  • Biologists suspect that the baby whale somehow lost its mother during migration, and that’s why it was left behind in the Amazon basin.
  • Another theory is that the baby whale died from ingesting plastic waste and its dead body was washed ashore during a storm.
  • The rising humpback population has also increased the odds that one will become entangled in fishing nets or be struck by a ship, believed to be leading causes of their deaths.
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. It is one of the larger rorqual species, with adults ranging in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weighing around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons). Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth, fasting and living off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique.

The Amazon rainforest, alternatively, the Amazon Jungle, also known in English as Amazonia, is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 square km (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 square km (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations.



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Source:

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-humpback-whale-has-been-found-dead-in-the-amazon-jungle

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/25/science/humpback-whales-amazon.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpback_whale

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_rainforest


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2 thoughts on “Highlights: Dead Whale Found in the Amazon Jungle

  1. Thank you for posting the source which reveals that this happened in February 2019. In today’s world of fast news and stories being available for a long time, it’s always good to have a date on each page.

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