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“About 100 sharks” caught by drone camera feeding on humpback whale carcasses

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Australian travelers John Cloke and Indy Crimmins used a drone to capture fascinating footage of “more than 100 sharks” feasting on the carcass of a humpback whale off the coast of Albany

A fisherman captured the fascinating moment when dozens of sharks were caught in a feeding frenzy on the carcass of a dead whale off the coast of a tourist hotspot in Western Australia.

Australian travelers John Cloke and Indy Crimmins spotted the frenzy two weeks ago while camping at Betty’s Beach, northwest of Albany, and deployed a drone to get a closer look.

The pair captured a crowd of sharks feeding on and circling a 15-metre-long humpback whale carcass in crystal clear water and posted the clip to Instagram on Monday (May 16).

Captioning the post, which has now exceeded 900 likes, @jindys_travels wrote: “Over a week ago we were staying at Betty’s beach campsite just outside Albany, John was going to get his morning fish and noticed something in the water so he flew the drone over.

“It was a 15 meter long humpback whale carcass! We were shocked at how many sharks were surrounding it, we couldn’t count them all!”

The pair were later approached by ABC News to share what happened while they were capturing the footage, as Cloke told the broadcaster: “I was fishing off the beach and I could see this big thing with birds in the water so I’m I flown out the drone and saw everything.”

He added that he thought there could have been more than “about 100 sharks around the carcass.”

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The beach was closed by Albany authorities because the decomposing carcass posed a significant risk to swimmers.

However, the remains have since washed up on the beach, but the warning still stands as the sharks may still be in close proximity to shore.

Whale carcasses often attract large numbers of sharks as they are an easy source of high-energy food, which most species eat.



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