• Categories
  • Archives

Whale Strayed in Brazil’s Amazon Dies Before It Can Be Rescued

Whale dies in Brazil's Amazon A Minke whale that had strayed deep into the Amazon rainforest has been found dead. The 5.5 meters whale was believed to have become lost in the Amazon's many tributaries after leaving the Atlantic more than 1.600 kilometers away.

Attempts by conservationists and volunteers to catch the animal and transport it back to sea failed. Biologists have conducted an autopsy on the Minke whale to determine the cause of death.

The whale was first spotted last week in the Tapajós River, a tributary of the Amazon, where locals reported seeing a mysterious animal in the water.

Experts say that it could have been in the area for up to two months after getting lost on entering the massive river delta. It had beached itself on sandbanks several times and had been freed at least twice by rescuers.

Local people were seen splashing its back with water to protect it from the Amazonian heat. On Sunday, biologists and volunteers tried to contain the animal, said to weigh 12 tons, in a small area of river before taking it back to sea by boat.

But it broke away from the area and its corpse was spotted on Tuesday, November 20, by local people who reported it to the authorities.

Experts had earlier said that although whales could survive many months without food, the animal would be disorientated.

Milton Marcondes, a veterinarian with the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute, which was involved in the rescue attempt, said that the whale would be stressed and could easily become ill.

"We can't forget this animal has been away from its natural habitat for a long time," he told the local press.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Working Girls Go to English School in Time for World Cup

Taxi drivers and bellboys aren’t the only ones going back to school to learn ...

Brazil Continues Without a Budget for 2006

It’s the middle of April and Brazil still does not have a 2006 budget ...

Underground Brazil

The big cities keep getting bigger. To survive, millions have been operating a prosperous ...

Demonstrators Call Killing of Brazilian in London State Terrorism

Approximately 20 members of agriculture-related groups participated today on a protest at the British ...

A Traditional Brazilian Tile Maker Shows Its Stuff at Dubai’s Big 5

Brazilian ceramic wall and floor tile maker Porto Ferreira is going to participate in ...

After Ghana Brazil Takes its Agricultural Technology to South Korea

Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, is on the road and crossing borders. Since ...

Arabs on Aggressive Charm and Trade Offensive in Brazil

In an effort to improve relations of their countries with Rio de Janeiro in ...

A Kinder and Gentler Mercosur, Courtesy of Brazil

Brazil will continue working to eliminate obstacles which have effects on Mercosur junior members, ...

UN Urges Brazil to Stop Copying US in Racism Fight

This week one of Brazil’s chief partners in the fight against racial inequalities urged ...

Museum Town

By Brazzil Magazine The Words You’ll Need guarda volume = luggage area in stations ...