So the carcass(dead body) of an 8-meter (26-foot) humpback whale was discovered last Friday in the mangrove forests of northern Brazil, the whale which was believed or rather estimated to be one year old, was found 15 meters (49 feet) from the river beach on Marajó Island, the world’s largest island produced by sediments deposited from a river.
It’s likely that the humpback whale washed into the river mouth of the Amazon and was dumped on land as the tides pulled back.
During the weekend a group of scientists went to perform an autopsy on the carcass with hope of finding out the cause of it death. Humpback whales are a species of baleen whale that can grow up to 16 meters (52 feet) in length. Although their population numbers appear to be on the rise, the IUCN Red List notes that this species is endangered.
A large factor in this is their distinct and fragmented populations. Some scientists even argue that humpback whales in the oceans of the North Pacific, North Atlantic, and Southern Hemisphere are so dissimilar they should be recognized as separate subspecies.
It was quite unusual to find this humpbacks in this area at this time of the year, Therefore, it’s believed the young individual became separated from its pod during migration and eventually died as a result of stress.
It was reported that marine mammals do get stranded for a couple of reasons, from environmental factors, such as rough weather, to sickness. One of the most interesting theories about whale strandingsargues that solar storms, bright bursts of electromagnetic energy from the Sun, could be messing with the animals’ internal compasses, even naval sonar.
Either way, the scientists say they are making plans to bury the humpback.
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