A huge, dead Bryde’s whale washed up on a public beach in South Africa. The rotting carcass attracted a large feeding frenzy of great white sharks, much to researchers’ delight.
This 33-foot Bryde’s whale, pronounced Brutus, washed ashore on the coast of South Africa on a public beach. Not knowing quite how to deal with such a large, rotting creature, the South African police towed it out to nearby Seal Island.
While dragging the putrid whale, shark after shark came to get a free meal. The dead whale then becomes a host for the largest feeding frenzy of great white sharks researchers have ever seen.
By the second morning, all that remains of the whale is the internal organs. The sharks ate all the blubber from the outside of the dead animal.
“There’s just the internal parts in this sack of muscly flesh and it’s kind of disgusting out here.”
But anything in the name of science, right?
The researchers take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get as close to the feeding sharks as possible. So one of the shark scientists “boards” the dead whale carcass.
The brave researcher even admits it might be the dumbest thing he’s ever done. At least he is aware that getting onto a large, dead whale carcass which numerous great white sharks are feeding on is not the smartest move. But “anything for a good picture.”
And, boy, does he succeed. That footage is incredible.
Luckily, he didn’t slip off the whale or this may have ended differently.