Fisherman Captures Great White Shark Feeding Frenzy On Whale Carcass
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A fisherman caught the moment great white sharks went on a feeding frenzy on the carcass of a whale.
When Captain Chip Michalove, who runs Outcast Sport Fishing, heard that the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale had been spotted off the coast of South Caroline, he knew it could be the perfect chance to try and find some great white sharks to tag up for scientific research.
So, Captain Michalove and his crew set out at 3am to go and find the carcass, but were rewarded for their efforts after they saw a 'conveyor belt of large great whites' making the most of the dead whale and filling their bellies.
Speaking to Newsweek, he said: "We thought this may be one of the craziest things we've ever done."
But it turned out to be 'one of the best days' of his life, after he was able to witness 'one great white shark after another' approach the carcass to chow down.
Posting the clip on Instagram, Michalove, who has a permit to tag and release sharks, wrote: "Maybe one of the best days I've been alive today.
"So much work went into finding this whale, and the payoff was one I'll never forget.
"From 9am till we left it was one great white shark after another.
"Part of the time we hooked and tagged, other times we just watched."
In fact, despite setting off so early, the captain and his crew were so entranced they found it difficult to leave.
He added: "The thought of witnessing a circus kept us motivated. And it was everything we were hoping, it was hard to leave."
Speaking to For The Win, he said: "I've never seen anything like it, sharks were circling our boat for the entire eight hours.
"They were biting the boat, pushing the boat, and biting the motors so much we had to pull the motors out of the water."
He continued: "I never felt nervous.
"There were just so many in the area that it was more interesting to observe than to catch."
Tragically, the whale they were feasting on had died after becoming entangled in commercial fishing gear.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' attempted a disentanglement mission but were sadly unsuccessful.