These stunning shots show snorkelers coming face to face with the world's largest predator, the sperm whale.
Taken by British marine biologist Arun Madisetti off Dominica in the Caribbean where he now lives, the curious whales interact with the divers, allowing them to get up close.
Hunted for their oil and demonised as savage brutes in fiction such as Herman Melville's Moby Dick, these pictures show a gentler side to one of the planet's largest mammals.
The Commonwealth of Dominica is known regionally as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean and around 200 sperm whales are found off the coast, though they are hard to track down.
Boats use sonar and spout sightings to locate them, but it is quite rare to find them in a relaxed and playful mood, while divers only use snorkels as the air bubbles from scuba tanks disturbs them.
Mr Madisetti, 47, said: 'Taking images of any marine mammal whether for research or pleasure is usually a mixture of hours of relative boredom coupled with moments of sheer adrenaline fuelled action. cont./
Courtesy of: Mail Online
Thursday, 7 April 2011
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