Such is the circle of life -- something dies and something else will eat it. In this case, a dead whale off the coast of Warroora Station in northwest Australia became a meal for dozens of hungry sharks.
The Blaze has showed you shark feeding frenzies before, but in this one a spectator actually plays chicken with the sharks, which in reality are far more occupied with the whale to pay attention. Those who filmed the scene at an uncomfortably close distance described it as "horrific yet intriguing."
One of the witnesses, junior pro surfer Rachel Campbell, wrote in a blog post that she was “shocked to find my worst nightmare dominating the shoreline a mere 400 [meters] ahead” as she walked along the beach.
Not only did she counterintuitively continue to advance toward the sharks, she ran toward the spectacle.
Campbell estimates there were about 100 sharks of differing species, including tiger sharks and reef sharks, some up to four meters long.
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However unsettling for Campbell’s peace of mind, as she and her friends were in the area to surf, they still took to the waves at a distance later on. Now though, they know full well what could be below them.
“What I do know is that my ignorance has gone out the window and I am well aware of those beasts outside my control," she wrote. "I will still surf here though, because it's not about merely surviving this ocean, it’s about living and breathing everything that this crazy place has to offer. Let's just hope those sharks are full for now.”