In response to a sighting of a humpback whale carcass, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary researchers approach on a boat.
This group was on a scientific mission to study basking sharks when they were alerted of the humpback whale carcass sighting.
The opening scene shows the boat slowly approaching the whale carcass with a flurry of birds flying just above it. The video cuts from clip to clip, capturing a great white shark underwater and one munching on the whale carcass.
Another boat can be seen in the distance, likely stopping to take in this unbelievable scene.
As the boat with researchers approaches the carcass, several shark fins can be seen circling. The researchers spot white sharks, blue sharks, and seabirds, all feeding on the deceased whale.
Someone behind the camera can be heard saying “there is some blood at the surface,” as the boat continues approaching. One of the researchers holds out along wand with a camera attached at the end to capture footage of the sharks.
A whale-watching boat has positioned itself behind the carcass and both the first and second floors are riddled with curious whale watchers looking out from the balconies.
Text on the screen explains that there are still many questions about the scavenging behavior of one of the ocean’s most impressive apex predators.
The underwater camera captures impressive footage of a great white swimming underwater, against the whale carcass. The researchers spot a tag on one of the great white’s dorsal fins.
This shark was tagged as part of a study by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and UMass Amherst, which are research partners for the sanctuary.
The researchers continue capturing underwater footage, leaning over the boat as they get closer to the whale carcass. The boat continues floating just a few feet from the whale carcass and the sharks, which continue feeding.
Text on the screen explains that this whale carcass will provide nourishment to species from the surface to the deep for years to come.
The video cuts to a whale fall in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The carcass lays at the bottom of the ocean floor and several squid and fish can be seen feeding on its remnants.
The video returns to the researchers, as the sharks continue feasting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those whale watchers out on the waters of Stellwagen Bank National Marine sanctuary.
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