The body of a young humpback whale cleaned ashore on Marajó Island in Brazil– and it wound up almost 50 feet (15 meters) inland near the mouth of the Amazon river, according to a Facebook post from the wildlife not-for-profit group Bicho D’água.

This humpback is not as huge as it appears in the pictures, just about 26 feet (8 m) long, they composed. Due to the fact that mature humpback whales can reach over two times that size, this whale is believed to be just about a years of age. [In Photos: Tracking Humpback Whales]

Very little is understood about how the whale passed away or what population of whales it came from, however scientists from the institute are working to gather biological samples to deal with these and other associated secrets, according to an Instagram post from the group.

In any case, this child appears to have actually gotten extremely lost.

It’s unusual to discover humpbacks around Marajó Island, stated Alex Zerbini, a wildlife biologist with the Marine Mammal Lab of the NOAA Fisheries in Seattle. This whale might come from one of 2 populations of humpbacks: the western South Atlantic humpbacks or the North Atlantic humpbacks, he stated.

While the western South Atlantic humpbacks do reproduce off northeast Brazil, it’s “not the correct time for this population” to be close by, Zerbini stated. At this time of year, they are further down near south Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. They move approximately reproduce in between June and November, he stated. “However it is possible that an animal got lost throughout reproducing season [last year],” and never ever made it down to the feeding premises, he stated.

It’s most likely that the animal came from the North Atlantic humpback population that normally reproduce in tropical waters at this time of year, in the Caribbean and off Venezuela, he stated.

Whales normally hair after getting ill and ending up being disoriented, he stated. When disoriented, in this case, the whale might have been pressed ashore by high tides, he stated. It’s not understood whether the whale lived when it was pressed ashore.

Tides because area can reach over 7 meters (23 feet)– and recently’s big full-moon-driven tides might have “quickly” pressed the whale 50 feet inland, stated Milton Marcondes, a research study organizer at the Humpback Whale Institute in Brazil. “This is not the very first stranding of humpback whales in the area, however it’s an unusual occasion,” Marcondes stated. That being stated, due to the fact that the variety of humpbacks around Brazil is increasing, strandings would likewise increase, he stated.

Certainly, both the South Atlantic and North Atlantic populations have actually been recuperating significantly from years of whaling, Zerbini stated. With now-robust varieties of humpbacks, “it is most likely that these sort of incidents are going to be more typical from now on.”

Initially released on Live Science