Australian production team Terra Australis captured footage of what appeared to be a shark feeding a whale carcass Tuesday in Fremantle. They called it "the biggest shark" they have seen on the West Coast.

Ryan Chatfield, a member of the Austrian-based production team, said he and his crew Andre Rerekura and Johnny Debnam reached North Mole around 5:30 p.m. local time to get video footage with their drone, PerthNow reported Wednesday. Chatfield took to social media and posted the video of the event.

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"We arrived just in time to launch our drone into strong wind and rain," Chatfield wrote in a caption on the Terra Australis Instagram page Tuesday. "We still managed to capture some nice shots. We were lucky enough to film this 4-5 meter Great White just off Fremantle yesterday. This is the biggest shark we have seen on the west coast."

Terra Australis is a production company focused on underwater filming. The company reportedly captured similar footage up North of six huge tiger sharks devouring a whale carcass. Chatfield said that it looked like the shark may have been eating the whale since the weekend.

"It wasn't out first shark, whale carcass encounter but it is always amazing to see something as raw and powerful as that," he told PerthNow. "We were a little disappointed because the shark was feeding very sporadically, so after those shots that we got it swam off and we didn’t see it again."

He added, "We believe that shark has probably been feeding on that carcass since Saturday, it looked very full."

Sharks have been feeding on whales for a while, according to a report released by National Geographic in May. A team of researchers near the coast of Southern California captured footage of a great white shark consuming the carcass of a dead humpback whale. Independent researcher Keith Poe spotted the carcass after beach authorities notified him. The whale carcass appeared in the waters of Newport Beach but ultimately drifted out to sea to decompose.

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Poe worked with different research teams to gather biological samples and to track and monitor the migration patterns of sharks. Poe and a team from California State University Long Beach were at the beach to study the dead humpback when a shark approached to feed on the carcass.

"She ate so much she was swimming around upside-down aimlessly like she was intoxicated," Poe told the National Geographic.

Scientists haven't learned much about the scavenging habits of sharks. They were once believed to be hostile predators until a study released in 2013 by PLos ONE reshaped the way scientists categorized their feeding tendencies. Sea lions, seals and small-toothed whales were prey for great white sharks, though the study concluded that scavenging might be a major part of their nourishment.

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