A DOZEN sharks feeding on a baby whale carcass have given Whitsunday tourists a day they will never forget on the ocean - and the pictures and video to prove it.

Guests travelling with popular Whitsunday day tour operator, Ocean Rafting, were treated to amazing sight of nature on Thursday.

Crossing the Whitsunday Passage, guests on the Ocean Rafting vessel "Thunderstuck", noticed some unusual activity in the water and upon closer inspection, witnessed a group of tiger sharks feeding.

"Guests were fascinated with this rare viewing of nature, describing it as a once in a lifetime experience. 

As the feeding frenzy continued, the sharks began to push the carcass against the boat, in order to hold the carcass in place, while guests looked on in wonder. 

The crew estimated that at one stage there were up to a dozen sharks feeding on the carcass, with the boat full of tourists continuing to watch the spectacle for 20 minutes before continuing on their day tour.

A shark feeds on the carcass of a baby whale in the Whitsundays. Image: Ocean Rafting
A shark feeds on the carcass of a baby whale in the Whitsundays. Image: Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting skipper, Carl Brandenberger said "After spending my life on the ocean I have never seen anything quite like this, certainly not here in the Whitsundays. 

"It was an absolutely amazing experience to witness."

Jan Claxton, owner of Ocean Rafting said "This is a highly unusual spectacle to see and I must reiterate that this is not an everyday occurrence. 

"This viewing was in the deep water of the Whitsunday Passage. We spend most of our days around the island's fringing reefs and are lucky if we ever see Blacktip Reef sharks, certainly not Tiger sharks."

Ocean Rafting has a fleet of four vessels, operating day tours around the Whitsunday Islands and was a 2012 Australian Tourism Award winner.


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