Blue Whale Bitten in Half 2021: The Mystery of What Happened
If you’ve been following the story of our planet’s oceans, you may have heard that the blue whale population has been on a rapid decline since the turn of this century. The cause? Nobody knows for sure—but it likely has to do with overfishing in their natural habitats, where they can be found far out in the ocean waters around Alaska and Canada, as well as closer to a home off the coast of California.
In February of 2021, a blue whale was found beached on the beaches of Mexico. A team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came to investigate and discovered that the whale was bitten in half by another whale. This is just one example of many mysteries surrounding blue whales. The NOAA estimates that there are only around 1,000 left worldwide.
A Brief History
The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, and one of the longest-living creatures. They can grow to be as long as 100 feet and weigh more than 200 tons. These gentle giants are found throughout the world’s oceans, but they are most often seen near Antarctica. Blue whales have a diet consisting mostly of krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans that live in abundance near the bottom of deep seas all over the world.
There’s a lot of speculation about what happened to this whale. Some people think that the whale died of natural causes and then was eaten by other animals, while others believe it was killed by humans. Others think that the blue color is due to bacteria or a parasite, but there are many more possibilities. For example, it could be that the animal was exposed to harmful chemicals like mercury which changes its skin color. It could also have been covered in sediment from deep under the water, which also changed its skin color. One of these scenarios may explain why scientists have found so many whales with different shades of blue and red all around their bodies- from whales with pale skin tones near their mouths to whales with dark skin tones near their tails.
Earlier this week, a blue whale was found with half its body bit off. There are many speculations as to why this may have happened; from the thought that a shark may have attacked it to the idea that someone did it on purpose. However, not much is known about what actually happened and what will happen next. It is also unknown whether or not there were any witnesses to the incident. We will have to wait for more information. In the meantime, we can make guesses. For example, if it is true that sharks are responsible for this attack, then sharks could be dying due to overfishing and therefore attacking other animals because they’re hungry. If humans killed the whale, then they might have been trying to kill themselves but mistakenly attacked a harmless animal instead.
Several Final Thoughts
1) There have been reports that a blue whale was found to have been bitten in half. This has left many people wondering what exactly happened and why.
2) It is unclear if the whale was bitten by a shark, or if it died from natural causes and then sank to the bottom of the ocean.
3) Whales are not typically known for swimming near the surface because they need more oxygen than what is available on the top.
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