Some frightful images have emerged online unveiling a mysterious cadaver of a marine creature after the locals near Pelican Point, in Walvis Bay, Namibia, found it on a beach, earlier this month. However, it was just a decaying dolphin carcass that was holding a gruesome truth.
The Namibian Dolphin Project (NDP) team was asked to identify the remains
The local Namibian authorities requested help from a marine life researching crew based in Pelican Point to depict what it was that enigmatic carcass that held all the characteristics of a huge shrimp.
Luckily, the very same team of marine researchers has been involved in a rare event a day earlier, so, it was pretty simple for the team to make the connections to resolve this mysterious case.
One day earlier from the discovery of the carcass, the Namibian Dolphin Project (NDP) team was examining a common oil spill in the ocean, when they witnessed a frightful event. A couple of killer whales attacked a dolphin.
The team captured the whole event on camera
“I’ve never seen a dolphin carcass like that in 20 years of research. I have only ever seen animals ‘peeled’ of their blubber and with their organs pulled out being caused by killer whales. So there’s every indication the carcass belonged to the adult Heaviside’s dolphin attacked in our footage from the day before,” explained Dr. Simon Elwen, the head of the NDP team.
The killer whales attacks are very common events and, typically, they attack in groups, hunting the victims from sides, in a very similar attacking methodology to that used by wolves packs.
However, filming a killer whales attack is a rare thing. Even more, this attack was the first one the NDP team have ever witnessed in that area in more than 600 trips out in the ocean, according to the team members.