WHALE-KILL

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Pre­sum­ably killed by a deep-div­ing preda­tor, such as a sperm whale or a beaked whale, that took out the head and a large chunk of in­ter­nal or­gans, this bot­tom-dwelling fe­male At­lantic gi­ant oc­to­pus

(Haliphron at­lanti­cus) was ob­served float­ing off the Azores in about a thou­sand me­tres of wa­ter. But why was it par­tially eaten? Some think that with an abun­dance of food, preda­tors can be se­lec­tive and only take the choice cuts from their prey. Per­haps the en­ergy yield from the head and in­ter­nal or­gans is higher than from the re­main­der of the man­tle and ten­ta­cles. An­other the­ory is sim­ply that an event in­ter­rupted the meal, af­ter the fa­tal bite had been de­liv­ered. As with so many mys­ter­ies of the deep, the pho­to­graph raises more ques­tions than it alone can an­swer.

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