There’s a Humpback Whale in the Amazon Rainforest and No One Knows How it Got There

February 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm




Scientists are baffled by a 10-ton whale just found in the thick of the Amazon jungle.

New study suggests Naval sonar could be to blame.

Credit: Bicho D’agua Institute




A school-bus-sized whale has “beached” itself in the Amazon jungle in Brazil, leaving wildlife experts scratching their heads.

The humpback calf apparently entered the jungle through the mouth of the Amazon river. It was found dead on the river banks of the Island of Marajo Friday, about 50 feet from the river:

Credit: Bicho D’agua Institute

Credit: Bicho D’agua Institute

Scientists do not know how the whale got so far inland or why it was swimming so far North in the first place.

“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,” Renata Emin, a marine biologist from the Bicho D’agua Institute told The Independent.

“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.”

Humpback whales, an endangered species, are typically near Antarctica this time of year, and very rarely travel north of south Brazil.

While scientists are tossing around all kinds of theories as to how the whale got there including ingesting plastic and electromagnetic solar storms throwing off the whale’s internal compass, a new study, published just a few weeks ago, may shed some light.

RELATED: New Study Blames Naval Sonar for Hundreds of Whales Mysteriously Beaching Themselves

The study blames Naval sonar for hundreds of mysterious mass whale strandings of the last half century, since the technology was created.

The sound emitted by sonar is literally unbearable to marine mammals, causing them to swim hundreds of miles, dive deep into the abyss or even beach themselves to escape it.

When they dive too deep, too fast, nitrogen bubbles form in their blood resembling what divers would call decompression sickness or “the bends.”

The nitrogen can cause hemorrhaging and damage to whales vital organs.

We have yet to see whether any military sonar drills were happening off the coast of Southern Brazil recently, but according to the study, governments are reluctant to admit such exercises.

The whale’s body will be left where it landed to decompose, because the jungle undergrowth is too thick to remove it.

Credit: Bicho D’agua Institute

“It’s very difficult to get there and there’s no way we can send a bulldozer because it would not get through,” said Dirlene Silva, from the state environment department. “There is no way to remove it. To get there, we need to cross the swamp.”