Deep-sea creatures devour whale carcass, photos and video reveal


Marine scientists aboard a research vessel that searches for new discoveries in the ocean’s depths stumbled upon something quite rare on Wednesday: the skeletal remains of a 16-foot-long whale.

Images and video show a range of sea critters, including worms and octopuses, grabbing on to the dead whale’s bones. Researchers even live-streamed the underwater happening.

The vessel, which is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, found the whale carcass at a depth of 10,500 feet in the Pacific, according to Earther.

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Sea critters crawl on a whale's carcass deep below the surface of the ocean. (EV Nautilus)

Sea critters crawl on a whale’s carcass deep below the surface of the ocean. (EV Nautilus)

The camera aboard captured amazing footage of the skeleton being scavenged.

Scientists¬†estimated that the whale died four months ago, although the don’t know what caused its demise.

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The whale skeleton being overtaken by deep-sea scavengers.

The whale skeleton being overtaken by deep-sea scavengers.
(EV Nautilus)

The marine scientists are taking samples, as Earther reports, for further study.

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