Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

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Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding
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This past Sunday around 3:00 p.m., locals on boats were able to witness at least four Great White Sharks feasting on a dolphin off the coast.

A local photographer and drone operator was able to capture footage and put together the below video.

[Warning: The below video shows graphic images of nature being nature]

The video was captured by The Malibu Artist

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steelhead Jun 19, 2020 06:19 PM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

oh, and scientist are following tag sharks, and one of these was tagged with a gps tag. maybe that is the boat that is out there on a regular basis.

steelhead Jun 19, 2020 12:04 PM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

reply to fist comment. i was on the white boat and we WERE NOT CHUMMING. why do people say things that they are not sure of. did you have binoculars? the boat has a bilge pump and was working the entire time. we only watched, took our own video, and still photos. there was no reason to chum when there is already a dead carcass in the water. your statement does not even make sense. secondly, the dolphin was already dead, we got several whiffs of it during the 30 minute event. and dolphins can swim much faster than any shark, they would be very difficult prey for a shark. that boat is not commonly there, there are several such boats in the harbor. we just happen to decide to eat our lunch outside the harbor instead of at the slip. we did not have anything to do with the drone, it was flown by an unknown party, and i am guessing, from the beach since to flew back in that direction twice, (battery?) it is entirely irresponsible to make statements that you know nothing about.

Fhollybaker Jun 18, 2020 09:46 PM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

A number of us sat on the beach and watch this go down. We were angry and horrified as to us it seemed like the people on the boat were " chumming" for the sharks. The drone was a little too convenient and the presence of that particular boat in the vicinity has often been noted.

a-1592415282 Jun 17, 2020 10:34 AM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

That appears to be an adult Common Pacific Dolphin, averaging about 8' in length when mature, and a very social. It is obviously dead when the sharks attack it, and, like most predatory shark species, usually only attack, sick, frail, dead, or otherwise distressed prey. The sharks pictured here are immature, typical in the Carpinteria/SB area since they appear to be about 6-9' in length; the biggest one is probably a female. Adult females are about 16-20+ feet in length and males are about 10-14 feet. I have fished many times at Guadalupe Island, located 240 miles south of San Diego, and the island is a breeding ground for these sharks. I have seen many cases where a hooked 100+ lb tuna is decapitated in one bite from these adults. Eating machines, to be sure.

a-1592412060 Jun 17, 2020 09:41 AM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

If you have seen the John Lurie film "Fishing With John", you'd know that "shark" comes from the German word "Schurke", which means "villain." :)

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2020 10:03 AM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

not a stupid question at all. it was dead already. the sharks are juveniles and are opportunistic eaters rather than hunters. that was just an easy snack for them.

flying_bosun Jun 17, 2020 10:00 AM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

Tough to tell, but I don’t think that’s a bottle nose. Looks more like a long-beaked common dolphin, though I could be mistaken. Comments from any of those witnesses would be interesting to hear.

tagdes Jun 17, 2020 09:31 AM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

Adult bottlenose dolphins are about 10-14' so likely was just a sick one as they are more flexible and intelligent. Dolphins maneuver quickly in a fight and can cause serious injury to the soft under belly of a shark. Also they are usually in pods which will protect them and have even been known to protect humans.

a-1592375546 Jun 16, 2020 11:32 PM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

At the beginning of the video, it looked dead, floating belly up. But maybe they killed it before the drone found them.....

a-1592339832 Jun 16, 2020 01:37 PM
Drone Video Captures Great Whites Feeding

Wow! I'm assuming that boat is maybe 28 feet long so I'd guess that one of the larger sharks in the frame is about 15 feet in length.

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