Mesmerising drone footage captures dozens of sharks feeding off the dead carcass of a humpback whale off the coast of Australia
- A fisherman captured the moment while fishing of the coast of Western Australia
- John Cloke estimated 100 sharks were circling and feeding off the whale carcass
- Council closed Normans Beach and have issued a shark alert since the spotting
A fisherman has captured the moment dozens of sharks feasted on a whale carcass in an incredible feeding frenzy off the coast of a popular tourist hotspot.
Australian travellers John Cloke and Indy Crimmins spotted the frenzy two weeks ago while camping at Betty’s Beach, 35 kilometres north-west of Albany, Western Australia.
Ms Crimmins said John had gone for his morning fish on Normans Beach when he noticed splashing in the water and decided to set up a drone to take a closer look.
The footage, posted to social media on Monday, shows a mass of sharks feasting and circling a 15-metre humpback whale carcass in crystal clear waters
‘I was fishing off the beach and I could see this big thing bobbing in the water with birds around it, so I flew the drone out and saw it all,’ Mr Cloke told ABC News.
As the drone moved over the crystal clear waters the cause of the commotion came into view.
The footage, posted to social media on Monday, shows a mass of sharks feasting and circling a 15-metre humpback whale carcass in crystal clear waters.
‘We were in shock with just how many sharks there were surrounding it we couldn’t count them all!’ the Instagram caption read.
Australian travellers John Cloke (left) and Indy Crimmins (right) spotted the frenzy two weeks ago while camping at Betty’s Beach, 35 kilometres north-west of Albany, Western Australia
Mr Cloke said the sight was pretty ‘full-on’ and estimated around 100 sharks were gathered to feed off the carcass.
The city of Albany closed the beach as the decomposing carcass posed a significant risk to swimmers.
The ocean giant eventually washed up on the shores of Normans Beach but a shark alert still remains in place.
Whale carcasses often attract sharks in large numbers as they are an easy source of energy rich food scavenged by most shark species.