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WATCH: Whale carcass being devoured – Best of Nautilus Expedition Deep Sea Sights

PortandTerminal.com, April 23, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Rather than sharing more grim COVID19 news, we thought it would be a refreshing change of pace to revisit some more cheerful topics – like this amazing video that the Nautilus Deepsea Expedition captured last year of a whale corpse being devoured on the ocean bottom.

While diving at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary the team came across dozens of octopuses “mercilessly devouring the 4- to 5-meter-long skeletal remains – including some internal organs – of what is believed to be a baleen whale”.

Large scavengers like eelpouts were seen stripping the skeleton of its blubber while bone-eating Osedax worms were hard at work consuming lipids, or fats, from the bones.

Brutal to watch, but beautiful in its own way.

About Nautilus Expedition

Rearch boat at sea. Nautilus name seen on bow.

Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) and the Nautilus Exploration Program aim to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of education, outreach, and technological innovation. 

Expeditions are launched aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus —a 64-meter research vessel equipped with remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) — and from other vessels OET charters to deploy our mobile ROV system.

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