By John Balson @JJBalson

A CLAN of ravenous spotted hyenas treat themselves to a mud bath as they tussle over an antelope carcass

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The predators dipped their heads to rip chunks off the kill

The 35-strong group had just made its third kill in 24 hours but were clearly still hungry as they dunked their heads in the water to rip off chunks of meat.

Toothy: A muddy spotted hyena grins at the camera

The chaotic scene was captured by photographer Lee Whittam, 39, in the northern Serengeti in Tanzania.

The pack created a muddy mess as they tussled with an antelope carcass

He said: "There was a mixture of splashing sounds, hyena calls, growling and the cracking of bones as they tore through the carcass.

"What made it really interesting is that the hyena had to actually submerge themselves in order to get to it. This made the sighting really interesting.

The chaotic scene was captured by photographer Lee Whittam

Lee added: "It is unusual or relatively unique to see that many hyena together feeding in the water.

"They do group together in clans but seeing them in the water like that added a lot of drama to the sighting."

Team work: the 35-strong group had just made its third kill in 24 hours

Although hyenas are often considered scavengers, they kill an estimated 60 per cent of their food and are capable of pulling down an adult bull buffalo, which can weigh up to a ton.

The predators dipped their heads to rip chunks off the kill

Hyenas are among the top predators in the Serengeti ecosystem, often swooping in and chasing lions away from their kills.