Rafters make chilling discovery in crystal-clear water

An astounding photo is, once again, making the rounds on the internet.

People can't seem to get enough of the shocking picture, which was originally captured in Svalbard, Norway, in 2010.

While the original image, which was shared on Flickr by user 'buen viaje,' is no longer available, it continues to pop up in various corners of the web. 

The photo depicts a group of travelers who came across a startlingly-large spinal column just beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean. According to HuffPost, the carcass belonged to a fin whale. The photographer claims that polar bears had been feeding on the vast remains for well over a year. 

Photo Credit: Flickr/buenviaje/Reddit/Wking28

Unbeknown to the group of tourists, they actually stumbled upon something incredibly rare.

What makes this find so impressive is that the spinal column was found completely intact while submerged in water. According to the National Oceanography Centre, only 6 natural whale skeletons have ever been discovered on the ocean floor.

Scavengers of the deep blue are typically responsible for the destruction of skeletal remains such as whale carcasses.

After the flesh of a dead whale has either been eaten by larger creatures or started to naturally decompose, various smaller organisms move in to feast on the remaining nutrients, reducing the former giant of the ocean to mere bits and pieces.

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Giant blue whale skeleton at London's Natural History Museum
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Giant blue whale skeleton at London's Natural History Museum
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A giant blue whale skeleton is unveiled in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, London, Britain July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A detail of 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A detail of a 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A 25.2 metre (83-foot) blue whale skeleton is pictured suspended from the ceiling after being unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London on July 13, 2017. 'Hope' the blue whale takes over from 'Dippy' the dinosaur as the centrepiece of the revamped atrium of London's Natural History Museum despite a spirited campaign to keep the much-loved attraction. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A blue whale skeleton forms the main exhibit at the Natural History Museum on July 13, 2017 in London, England. The 126-year-old skeleton, named 'Hope', replaces 'Dippy' the Diplodocus dinosaur as the museum's main exhibit. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A blue whale skeleton forms the main exhibit at the Natural History Museum on July 13, 2017 in London, England. The 126-year-old skeleton, named 'Hope', replaces 'Dippy' the Diplodocus dinosaur as the museum's main exhibit. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A blue whale skeleton forms the main exhibit at the Natural History Museum on July 13, 2017 in London, England. The 126-year-old skeleton, named 'Hope', replaces 'Dippy' the Diplodocus dinosaur as the museum's main exhibit. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A blue whale skeleton forms the main exhibit at the Natural History Museum on July 13, 2017 in London, England. The 126-year-old skeleton, named 'Hope', replaces 'Dippy' the Diplodocus dinosaur as the museum's main exhibit. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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