There's no party like a dead whale party, because a dead whale party don't stop and also is full of the decaying flesh of one of the world's largest mammals, which attracts a truly ... unique crowd.
It's no secret that when a whale dies, it's big news in the ocean. When a whale dies underwater, it sinks to the bottom in a phenomenon called whale fall, creating a self-sustaining community at the very bottom of the ocean floor that can last for months as lampreys, hagfish and other deep-sea creatures scavenge off the whale's rotted but probably still nutritious flesh.
But when a whale dies on land, there's just as much hullabaloo. A huge humpback whale beached itself on the shore in Kimberley, Australia, where it became the place to be if you're a land animal who just has gotta eat.
The 35-meter-long whale sat in a pile of its own decomposing juices as crocodiles swarmed around its body, dwarfed so much that they looked like tiny lizards.
According to ABC.net.au, a local helicopter pilot was giving sky-high tours to see the infamous whale carcass. But the smell of the dead whale still was far too pungent to be tolerated, even when high in the sky, so the beach is pretty much uninhabitable for the discerning smeller.
Crocodiles, on the other hand, don't seem to mind it at all. The pilot also said the whale hasn't even begun to rot yet, so who knows how bad it will get when the flesh decay goes into hyperdrive.
Elsewhere in the world, Atlas Obscura reports, tons of different animals are feasting on these beached banquets.