By Mike Jones

Stunning pictures show the moment a brave swimmer dives with manta rays.

Photographer Alex Voyer, 42, took these pictures of his wife Marianne Aventurier, 43, swimming with the large fish while she was freediving in the sea near the French Polynesia.

The pair are professional underwater photographers and freediverand visited the area while sailing around the world visiting different locations for diving.

The pictures were taken in August and show Marianne underwater while manta rays swim around her.

Alex said: “This place is iconic for marine life.

A few days ago, we were anchoring in a remote little island and discovered that there was a cleaning station for manta rays which came every morning to be cleaned by little grass fish.

“We decided to spend time around them – even we knew it was important not to disturb them during this cleaning period.

“They all have a very different behaviour – some of them are curious and others are shy and discreet.

“I got to witness the amazing moment some of them invited Marianne to fly with them”.