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Whale in The Amazon

A whale that swam about 1,000 miles up the Amazon River has gotten stuck twice, and Brazil's Environmental Protection Agency lost track of the animal and called off their search on Friday, according to CNN and BBC.

Experts say the whale could have been in the area for a coupe of months.

The minke whale, which is the second smallest of the baleen whales, was trapped from Wednesday until Friday near the city of Santarem. Local residents splashed water on its back to keep it from drying in the hot sun.

After it was freed, the whale disappeared from sight, and helicopters searched for it with no luck, until Sunday, when it was found stuck again.

Though this is not the first time a large ocean animal has swam up the Amazon, it is a rare occurrence.