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Terrifying Video Shows 5 Sharks Feasting on a Dead Whale

Published Jul 6th, 2015 4:25PM EDT
Sharks Eating Dead Whale Video
Image: Screenshot / YouTube

You don’t get to see sharks feasting on a dead whale very often, but that’s exactly what an Australian diver experienced. Better yet, he recorded the whole terrifying thing on video, so the world can see five sharks devouring a dead adult sperm whale off the coast of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

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Over four minutes long, the video shows several sharks approaching the large meal and taking huge bites, all while circling the boat Brett Vercoe was filming everything from.

“A dead adult sperm whale washed in from off the Continental shelf and brought with it a host of large predators including threeWhite pointers up to 4.5 metres in length and two Tiger sharks up to 4.2 metres long,” Vercoe wrote on YouTube. “I spent three hours watching as the sharks leisurely took advantage of this abundant food source. The next morning it washed up on Campbells Beach and was buried precariously close to the waters edge where it will take years to slowly decompose – all the while leaching rotting whale scent into the nearby waters.”

Last week, two shark incidents were recorded on the New South Wales mid-north coast, Mashable reports. On Thursday morning, a bodyboarder was attacked by a shark near Lennox Head. A day later, a surfer was knocked off his boat by a hungry shark.

Meanwhile, Vercoe’s video of the five sharks chomping away at the whale follows below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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