This is the moment TV scientists in a submarine were targeted by hungry sharks as they captured the first ‘whalefall’ feeding frenzy ever caught on film.
The Blue Planet II vessel was diving in the Atlantic Ocean when six metre long sharks stopped feeding on whale carcass and turned their attention to the crew just off the coast of the Azores.
The scientists were conducting the first ever study of ‘whalefall’ in the Atlantic Ocean to show how their carcasses form the backbone an ecosystem after dropping to the seabed.
Footage shows sharks thrash around as they bite and headbutt the submarine as it films for the BBC show, which is narrated by David Attenborough.
Assistant producer Will Ridgeon said the expedition took a wrong turn when the sharks stopped ripping into the carcass and fought to protect their food from what it believed was a rival.