The waters off the west coast of the island of Dominica, located in the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, offer some of the best encounters with sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) on the planet.
Diving with sperm whales is allowed there under restricted permit only, and in January 2014 I joined an expedition organized by the famous Switzerland underwater photographer Franco Banfi. The purpose of the trip was to have the opportunity to be in the water with these magnificent animals.
Although we had a lot of sightings every day, typically the whales are very skittish and difficult to approach. However on three occasions during the week that we were there, we met a curious and friendly group. This allowed us to have incredible in-water encounters. Mothers with nursing calves, solo calves waiting for adults to return from the depths, socializing groups, and transient males all provided extraordinary opportunities for capturing images.
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All images have been taken under permit.