Watch this livefeed NOW! Whalefall: deep sea whale skeleton covered with worms, eels, and octopuses!

October 16, 2019 • 1:50 pm

The tweet (h/t: Matthew Cobb), who adds about the video:

Amazing. If you rewind 30 mins or so you can watch the moment they find it! It’s 3km down! The poor thing’s body drifted all the way before becoming lunch!

The feed: Click on this now!

11 thoughts on “Watch this livefeed NOW! Whalefall: deep sea whale skeleton covered with worms, eels, and octopuses!

  1. It fantazmagorical! I’m a bit surprised that the critters seem oblivious to the bright lights. I assume that normally they just bump around in total darkness, following smells and tastes. It’s nice to think that nothing is wasted. The whale will feed a whole zoo of animals. I’m guessing the first attack would have been by deep sea sharks.

    1. I, too, as those above,am taken by the term whalefall, though I see it divided into two words, I like it as one word. I looked it up to find the accepted rendering — one word or two, and was astounded anew to read about whalefalls. I thought the definition would be simple and straightforward: a dead whale dropping to the bottom of the sea, which of course, it is; but a whalefall takes years, decades sometimes, and involves various stages and different kinds of animals at different depths feeding on the carcass as it slowly drifts down to the bottom, which as we see is by no means the end of the process.

      Sharks, yes, in the first attack, but other fish as well, then different creatures in each descending post-mortem environment. I would never have imagined any of this — all of this contained in one beautiful word describing the katabasis of a dead whale.

  2. At 3km water depth, the seawater temperature is likely to be below 5C. Something worth remembering when watching these deep sea critters. They’re economical with the ergs – they’ve got to be.

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