Can you solve this mystery?
A dead humpback whale has mysteriously appeared in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest and no one understands why or how exactly it got there in the first place.
But the most bizarre part of this whole story?
The whale’s location is very far away from where it should be.
The whale, which is 36 feet long, weighs 20,000 pounds in a woodland area of Brazil.
But how far away is it from the sea you ask?
An entire 50 feet.
Sounding weird yet?
While 50 feet may not sound far to some, I imagine being dead doesn’t help you physically leave your natural habitat.
But in this case, the whale was able to leave his home.
The discovery was made on the island of Marajo at the mouth of the Amazon river at a place called Araruna Beach in the undergrowth.
Scientists believe that the entire creature was thrown out of the water and up into the woods thanks to rough seas and high tides.
And while it is possible that could happen, it is still very, very rare.
Not just lifting but throwing 20,000 pounds is next level stuff (*cough*cough* ALIENS.)
The incident is so bizarre that a team of specialists have traveled to the place where the whale was found to investigate what exactly happened to the massive creature.
The animal is thought to be a 12 month old calf but so far, it is not clear how it died — or found its way in a mangrove.
Sent by NGO Bicho D’Agua Institute, the team published a Facebook post suggesting that the animal could have gotten tangled up in the mangroves after being tossed onto the island.
One newspaper suggested the whale died from eating plastics, while most folks believe the creature was already dead when it found its way ashore.
Dirlene Silva, from the Brazilian environmental, health, and sanitation department, SEMMA, shared with local media:
“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.”
Renata Emin, Bicho D’Agua’s president and marine specialist, said:
“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.”
“Along with this astonishing feat, we are baffled as to what a humpback whale is doing on the north coast of Brazil during February because this is a very unusual occurrence.”
That being said — whales are not supposed to be there.
Usually between August and November, they are in the Bahia area before they migrate up to Antarctica.
Emin continued, saying:
“Humpback whales don’t usually travel to the north. We have a record of one appearing in the area three years ago, but it’s rare.”
“We believe this is a calf which may have been traveling with its mother and probably got lost or separated during the migratory cycle between the two continents.”
Talk about a whale of a mystery!
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