An ocean exploration team just discovered a whale skeleton on the seafloor, and it's live-streaming the bone-eating worms and other creatures that are gnawing on what's left of the corpse.
"What an amazing discovery in preparation for Halloween," said one of the scientists aboard the ship during the broadcast.
Even in death, the whale has much to give to its sea creatures. When it dies, its remains, called whale drop, provide important food and nutrients to the ecosystem on the seafloor. It's what attracted all the critters to the party we see today.
It was all caught on camera by the Nautilus Ship Expedition Team, which has been offshore in the western US since May and ends its season with its last dive today. They're backed by the same guy that found the Titanic: deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard. There is a 24-hour live broadcast as the Nautilus ship and its submersibles search for new discoveries along the seabed. The pilots and scientists on board even answer questions submitted through the Nautilus Live website.
The team garnered the largest audience they ever had while rummaging around the whale skeleton. Taking a request to get closer, their cameras focused on the spine, covered in red bone-eating worms (Osedax) floating in the stream.
Below you can see this impressive video