Animals

By Mikey Jones


An Aussie couple have shared incredible images showing a free-diving woman mirroring a humpback whales swimming technique.

David Edgar, 29, based in Sydney, Australia, captured the photos of his wife Alice – who loves to free dive around the world with marine mammals such as killer whales, manatees, dolphins amongst many more.

PIC BY David Edgar / CATERS NEWS

The photos show Alice underwater in the South Pacific Ocean, mimicking the movements of the whale behind her and appearing to synchronise swim with the mammal.

The couple, who have been free-diving for five years, capture all of their underwater photographs when practising their favourite hobby.

David says: “The photo really captured my imagination, just seeing how it was possible to have such a pure connection with nature: just this person and the whale, almost dancing with each other underwater.

PIC BY David Edgar / CATERS NEWS 

“We really wanted to go there and capture a memory to put on our wall at home, to replicate that connection, even though we went in with high expectations about the experience, we were still blown away with the amazing encounters.

“The best photos came from an extended encounter with an extremely playful adolescent male humpback whale.

“The whale came right up to the boat and would “spy-hop” which is swimming vertically and sticking his head out of the water to look at us.

PIC BY David Edgar / CATERS NEWS 

“A group of us got into the water, and within moments the curious whale was circling around us, and often swimming right underneath us to get a good look.

“The whale did this for about half an hour and would often gently place his pectoral fin out in front of us, and just leave it hanging there as he swam around us.

“ At one point, he swam away and then collected a group of his whale friends to come over and take a look at us too!

PIC BY David Edgar / CATERS NEWS

“Alice is particularly good at reading the whales behaviour, which allows her to synchronise her dives with these majestic mammals.

“As the photographer I just try to dive into position to capture the magic of the moment.”