He suffered from severe scoliosis: scoliosis of unknown origin, which completely changed his physique. According to a study published in 2021 in the journal Nature, whales are not marine mammals known to develop scoliosis automatically. All cases of whale scoliosis have an obvious cause that is often traumatic in origin, such as after a ship collision. Given the whale’s massive size in the open ocean and its deformity, it would have been impossible for veterinarians to place a remote tracker to obtain more detailed data on its condition, biology, and trajectory. A few hours later, she moved away from the coast, heading towards the open sea. It is not excluded that it could be spotted again in the next few days.
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