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Photographer Captures Rare Scene Of Sperm Whales Sleeping Vertically

A talented photographer captured the rare scene of a pod of ten 40 ft long sperm whales sleeping vertically

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

Franco Banfi caught the amazing marine animals about 65ft underwater off the coast of Dominica in the Caribbean.

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

The sperm whales, who are known to be social animals, typically nap vertically for around 6 to 25 minutes at a time.

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

This behavior was first documented in 2008, and after further studies, it was discovered that they nap in short intervals for around 7 percent of their life.

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

“This was a group of around ten sperm whales all sleeping together”, said Mr Banfi.

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

“I don’t know why they sleep vertically, maybe because they can use the sonar they have in their head to sense any danger approaching.

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

“I was very lucky to see such a great moment in nature, and I’m thankful the whales trusted me and gave me the opportunity to attend the show.”

Photographer Captures Incredibly Rare Sight Of Sperm Whales Sleeping

“It doesn’t happen like that every time you see them.

He added: 'I was very lucky to see such a great moment in nature, and I'm thankful the whales trusted me and gave me the opportunity to attend the show. It doesn't happen like that every time you see them'

Check out more of Franco Banfi’s work on his Instagram.

Mr Banfi, from Cadro, Switzerland, said: 'This was a group of around ten sperm whales all sleeping together. I don't know why they sleep vertically, maybe because they can use the sonar they have in their head to sense any danger approaching'
The ethereal images were captured just off the coast of the Caribbean island Dominica, and also included photos of the marine mammals awake and swimming around

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Written by Joe Kahlo