Incredible footage from a whale-watching ship that encountered two Great White sharks is wowing viewers online.
The video, shared by New England-based Captain John Boats, shows a whale carcass floating near Cape Cod, and the two huge sharks that it attracted.
As the video continues, the sharks bite at the body, tearing chunks from its flesh and baring their formidable teeth.
It all started when Captain John Goggin took a boat full of whale-watching hopefuls out to sea in Cape Cod Bay. The first that they spotted had, unfortunately, already died before they showed up. Its body floating in the water began to attract sharks.
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While it might not have been the spectacular show they were expecting, the whale-watching tourists were still thrilled to see the circle of life in action.
“It was the first time I had ever seen this happen,” Goggin told the Boston Herald. “People on board were pretty excited.”
The Great Whites were estimated to be between 12 and 18 feet long and showed stunning examples of a feeding frenzy in action.
While they tend to prey on seals in the area, Great Whites are more than happy to take advantage of a dead whale as well. The food source can feed several of the sharks without issue, and is usually easier than chasing down a live animal.
Watch the full video below:
The incident comes just a few months after a “conveyor belt of large sharks” was seen eating a North Atlantic right whale in the Atlantic ocean in March.
Check it out below:
Maybe one of the best days I’ve been alive. So much work went into finding this whale and the scene was one I’ll never forget. From 9am till we left it was a conveyer belt of large sharks. Sometimes we tagged, some times we just watched. Thanks for the help @MA_Sharks pic.twitter.com/p1fBnwkFU4
— Outcast Charters (@ChipHHI) March 5, 2021
The stunning, gruesome display is a reminder of nature’s power in action.Whizzco