VIDEO: Rare footage of Bryde's whales feeding at Cape Byron

IT'S not just sharks and dolphins living large off the swarms of bait fish hanging around our coastline at the moment.

Byron Bay photographer Luke Taylor, who runs Surflife Australia Photography, spotted two Bryde's Whales feeding on a large bait ball at Cape Byron on Wednesday.

The Bryde's Whale is a baleen feeder, like the more common humpback, but has a wide diet that ranges from plankton to fish to squid and octopi. They can be found in temperate and tropical waters across the globe.

"Bryde's whale size" by Chris huh. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bryde%27s_whale_size.svg#/media/File:Bryde%27s_whale_size.svg

Mr Taylor said he felt fortunate to have been able to capture the whales and to witness the general grazing going on the bait ball.

"It was an amazing sight to witness I must say," Mr Taylor said in a port on The Northern Star's Facebook page.

A Bryde's whales feeding from a bait ball at Cape Byron. Photo: Surflife Australia Photography.
A Bryde's whales feeding from a bait ball at Cape Byron. Photo: Surflife Australia Photography.

"At first the bait ball was split in two but over the hour I was filming the two groups merged and it was a feeding frenzy for all.

"I witnessed two large sharks and also some dolphins come in for a feed too."



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