Published on May 13, 2014
Researchers Find Unique ‘Underwater Graveyard’ of Giant Fish
The chance discovery of a deep-sea “graveyard” is helping scientists to shed light on the fate of dead ocean giants, scientists report.
Footage recorded by the oil and gas industry shows the carcasses of four large marine creatures in a small patch of seafloor off the coast of Angola.
Around the dead whale shark and three deceased rays, scavengers flocked to the food bonanza. A deep-sea graveyard discovered by chance off the coast of Angola has revealed where some of the the largest animals in the sea go to die.
Researchers were stunned to find the carcasses of four large marine creatures – a whale shark and three rays – laying at the bottom of the ocean floor.
Each was surrounded by around 50 scavengers in a food frenzy, giving new insights into how large sea creatures are ‘recycled’ when they die.