A 5.5m long minke whale has been spotted more than 1600km (994 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean, deep inside the Amazon rain forest. The whale ran aground earlier last week but after being freed with the help of vets and biologists it disappeared shortly afterwards.

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Local people had been splashing water on the whale’s back and fin while it was exposed to the hot Amazon sun. The whale is said to weigh about 12 tons.

Experts say the animal could have been in the area for a couple of months.

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