Drone captures shark feeding frenzy on whale

Tiger sharks rip apart carcass of giant humpback whale in Shark Bay, Australia
Tiger sharks rip apart carcass of giant humpback whale in Shark Bay, Australia

A drone has captured a bloody feeding frenzy by around 70 tiger sharks on a dead whale, turning the pristine waters of the aptly named Shark Bay in Australia red.

Two boatloads of tourists were on a cruise to Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia when they came across the gruesome spectacle on Friday.

Geraldton-based Eco Abrolhos Cruises sent up a drone to record nature taking its course. The footage showed the ripping the giant humpback whale carcass to shreds, leaving a trail of crimson water.

"Something to show and tell the grandchildren," the company said on its Facebook page after posting the footage, which had been viewed nearly half-a-million times by Monday.

Passenger Leesa Franks said on the social media site: "We liked, liked, liked. Awesome day yesterday, thanks so much."

Shark Bay is a World Heritage-listed area some 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Perth. It is known for its large marine animals including whales, sharks, dolphins, dugongs and turtles.


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