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A trio of hungry great white sharks were photographed shredding apart a whale's floating carcass.
The dead humpback whale's corpse became an easy meal time for the apex predators off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts in the US yesterday (Wednesday, June 1).
The whale was like the "biggest smorgasbord" for a shark, according to Peter Corkeron at the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life.
According to the Shark Files podcast an adult humpback can weigh around 40 tonnes which is far more than a fully grown great white shark's annual intake of 12 tonnes of meat.
"So it's a massive feast for sharks and many other kinds of marine creatures," Shark Files added.
Footage of the great white sharks was taken on May 29, a couple of days before it was announced action had been taken to study the whale's remains.
On Tuesday NOAA Fisheries New England/Mid-Atlantic took to Facebook to update followers on a call out with Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket, to a decomposing 40ft long whale.
The US Coast Guard was also deployed to assist with gathering data from the mystery death.
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The NOAA wrote: "Although these are always sad occasions, it is important to learn as much about each death as we can so that we can better understand the whales in our area.
"There is an ongoing unusual mortality event (UME) in effect for humpback whales along the Atlantic coast. At this point, we don’t have a single cause for these deaths, though some have been hit by vessels."
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The first official shark sighting of the year at Nantucket came over the weekend with a seal getting mauled just off Great Point.
A great white shark known as Ironbound has amazed scientists by going to the same area of coastline each year.
Thanks to a harmless tag on Ironbound, Ocearch has been able to learn all about the beast's movements which recently caused a scare as he ventured close to popular US beaches.
- Great White Shark
- United States
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