By Jasmine Kazlauskas
These majestic whales have been snapped showing off their breathtaking acrobatic moves just beneath the water’s surface.
Talented underwater photographer David Edgar captured these stunning photographs and a mesmerising video while freediving off the coast of Tonga.
The 31-year-old has been freediving – which involves diving beneath the water’s surface on a single breath, without any scuba equipment – for the past seven years.
David, from Sydney, Australia, managed to capture these incredible images while on a free dive and added that these group of whales were relaxed and curious around him
He also recorded the magical moment a playful whale began dancing, twisting and turning right in front of him.
He said: “These images were taken a few miles off the coast of Tonga, a small group of islands in the South Pacific.
“The nearest island was Tongatapu, which is the main island in the Kingdom of Tonga.
“I went out on a small boat with my wife, Alice, in search of whales.
“We are both free divers who have been swimming with whales for the past seven years in Tonga.
“These were two whales hanging around on this particular occasion, one was sleeping near the sea floor and one was frolicking near the surface.
“Typically the younger whales are most curious of people in the water, whilst the older whales are happy to sleep on the sea floor whilst their calves play with people.
“They were very relaxed and curious about us. It was an incredible experience.”
These stunning photographers were snapped in September 2019, but have only just been shared for the first time – racking up thousands of likes, shares and comments on social media.
David added: “I really like how these photos and video capture the unique personality of whales.
“These ones were particularly playful and seemed to enjoy frolicking around the surface.
“Some whales don’t hang around and just swim off when we are in the water.
“Other are really curious and try to figure out what exactly we are doing.
“It’s already a great feeling to be able to share my passion for whales and the underwater world with others online.”