The calf is estimated to have been one year old, and was found Friday on Marajó Island.
VICE News spent two years seeking access to the reclusive community of Alto Monte, the spiritual capital of a peculiar Peruvian sect known as the Ataucusi. As coca production skyrockets in the Peruvian Amazon, the Ataucusi are under increasing scrutiny.
"It's inevitable' that the mussel will populate the river," says one scientist, putting one of the world's most biologically-rich ecosystems at risk and potentially causing havoc for hydroelectric dams.
The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory will stand at 325 meters high and is being deployed to an area 100 miles outside of Manaus.