A huge marine creature known as a young humpback whale captured the attention of a team of marine biologists based in Massachusetts. That’s mainly because the whale was found dead and floating on the surface of the ocean. The explorers set out east of Boston on waters of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
There are over 450 shark species in the world, but great white sharks are exceptionally dangerous. Also known as Carcharodon Carcharias, these are the largest of all predatory sharks present in the ocean today. A great white shark measures between 4.5 and 6.4 meters in length, and they belong to the Lamnidae family.
At least eight white sharks attacked the carcass
The researchers witnessed how eight or more white sharks started to chow down on the carcass, according to LiveScience.com. The beasts didn’t look like they would skip the meal.
David Wiley, who’s a research ecologist at Stellwagen Bank, reminded about the sinister way that nature works, as quoted by LiveScience.com:
It was nature in action,
Everything dies for something else to consume. Nothing goes to waste.
The humpback whale is one of the species of baleen whale. We’re talking about one of the larger rorqual species, considering that adults can range in length from 12 to 16 meters. They also weigh about 25-30 t.
Wiley also explained as cited by LiveScience.com:
As soon as the sharks eat away the blubber, the carcass will become negatively buoyant and drop,
Whale falls can feed hundreds of animals for years to come.
Sharks feature special electroreceptor organs and don’t have any bones. Depending on the type of these marine beasts, they can possess up to 300 teeth during different stages of life.