This Woman Freediving With Giant Whales Is Living Her Absolute Best Life

These jaw-dropping photographs were taken while free-diving with whales in Sri Lanka.

These jaw-dropping photographs were taken while free-diving with whales in Sri Lanka.

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They feature stunning images of sperm and blue whales, along with French freediver Marianne Aventurier.

They feature stunning images of sperm and blue whales, along with French freediver Marianne Aventurier.

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“We were lucky to find a huge group of sperm whales, with breaths everywhere. The goal was to go in the water with large school so that they are less frightened and we could make more impressive photos.”

The pics were taken by her friends Alex Voyer and Alex Roubaud, a duo from Paris who specialise in photographing the wonders of the deep under the name Fish Eye.

The pics were taken by her friends Alex Voyer and Alex Roubaud, a duo from Paris who specialise in photographing the wonders of the deep under the name Fish Eye.

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Marianne explains: “One of our wildest and most inaccessible dreams was to swim alongside the blue whale.”

Marianne explains: "One of our wildest and most inaccessible dreams was to swim alongside the blue whale."

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“Alex made contact with a Sri Lankan tourism agency who had used one of his sperm whale pictures. We asked him about cetaceans in Sri Lanka and he strongly motivated us to come because the animals are particularly numerous this year. He found a boat and authorisation for photographs.”

Up to 100ft (30m) long and weighing approximately 200 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have ever lived on Earth.

Up to 100ft (30m) long and weighing approximately 200 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have ever lived on Earth.

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“And the best for last: the blue whale. Finally, among those 40 hours in the sea, we were able to meet the eyes of the blue whale twice. Forty hours for a few seconds of meeting, but it was worth it. The first time the whale was in the process of probing, she was very fast firstly but, I hope this is curiosity, she went very slowly, she watched us before disappearing in the depths of the ocean.”

The pics with blue whales are majestic: this gigantic creature’s tongue is as heavy as an elephant! Its heart weights as much as a car!! AMAZING!!!

The pics with blue whales are majestic: this gigantic creature's tongue is as heavy as an elephant! Its heart weights as much as a car!! AMAZING!!!

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