A group of deep-sea scavengers were spotted feasting on the remains of a whale by ocean
researchers who looked on as the fish, octopods, and marine worms picked the huge carcass clean.
The Nautilus Live team filmed their macabre encounter during a livestream of their underwater explorations off the coast of California,
and crew members can be heard gasping in awe at the exciting scene rarely caught on camera.
Close-up shots show octopuses clamped on to the skeletal remains of the giant mammal, identified by the marine experts as a baleen whale.
Osedax, or ‘bone-eating’, worms are also hard at work living up to their name, boring into the last remnants of the whale.
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