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This rare image shows what nap time for whales looks like

Without beds or sofas in the ocean, how exactly do whales take naps? As it turns out, they do so with a very strange sleeping position.

Switzerland-based photographer Franco Banfi was following a pod of sperm whales in the waters near Dominica Island when the massive creatures suddenly just stopped and did a synchronised vertical rest. Basically, they sleep ‘standing up’ – or ‘swimming up’, rather.

In 2008 a team of researchers suggest that, unlike other cetaceans, sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), Vulnerable (IUCN)appear to enter short, but periodic, bouts of sleep throughout the day — an observation that Kaplan says could hint that sperm-whales are actually "the least sleep-dependent mammals known." Whow another record for them!!!! Photograph taken under permit during Wildlife Photo Tour to Dominica with www.banfi.ch #Caribbean #Mares #spermwhale #whale #happy #freediving #free #freediver #apnea #followme #smile #style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #wildlife #follow #Instagram #love #beautiful #instagood #sperwhale #photooftheday #bestoftheday #amazing #look #instalike #food #girl

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The peculiar behaviour was first documented in 2008, after British and Japanese researchers stumbled upon a similar pod in rest. After tagging and studying the whales, they learned that these power naps occur for approximately seven percent of the whale’s life, in short intervals of just 6-24 minutes.

Banfi’s photo, called Synchronized Sleepers, was a finalist at the 2017 Big Picture Competition. See more of his work over on Instagram.

Pod of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), Vulnerable (IUCN) socializing When sperm whales socialize, they emit complex patterns of clicks called codas. They will spend much of the time rubbing against each other. Photograph taken under permit during Wildlife Photo Tour to Dominica with www.banfi.ch #Caribbean #Mares #spermwhale#whale #happy #freediving #free#freediver #apnea #followme #smile#style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #wildlife#follow #Instagram #love #beautiful#instagood #sperwhale #photooftheday#bestoftheday #amazing #look #instalike#food #girl

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Swimming with sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), is an unforgettable experience, specially when the animal let you swim with him side by side, without accelerate. Photograph taken under permit during WPT to Dominica with Wildlife Photo Tours. www.banfi.ch #Caribbean #Mares #spermwhale #whale #happy #freediving #free #freediver #apnea #followme #smile #style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #wildlife #follow #Instagram #love #beautiful #instagood #sperwhale #photooftheday #bestoftheday #amazing #look #instalike #picoftheday #instafollow

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ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight between 247 and 1,000 kg. The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. dult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, killer whales, and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. Wildlife Photo Tours to Bali www.banfi.ch #indonesia #Mares #sunfish #mola #happy #freediving #free #freediver #followme #smile #style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #wildlife #follow #Instagram #love #beautiful #instagood #photooftheday #bestoftheday #amazing #look #instalike #picoftheday #food #instafollow #girl

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The loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The loggerhead sea turtle is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Some loggerhead sea turtle swim from the Florida coast following the currents as far east as the Azores like this one photographed in S.Maria island, the most southern island in the Azores. Photograph taken during Wildlife Photo Tour to Azores with www.banfi.ch #turtle #Mares #Caretta caretta#Banfi #happy #Azores #free#colour #apnea #followme #smile#style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #happy#follow #Instagram #love #beautiful#instagood #photooftheday#bestoftheday #amazing #look #instalike#food #girl

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The great hammerhead is the largest of the nine identified specie of this shark. It can grow up to 6 meters in length and weigh up to 450 kg, although smaller sizes are more common. It's found in temperate and tropical waters worldwide. Photograph taken during WPT to Bimini, Bahamas with Wildlife Photo Tours. www.banfi.ch #underwater #shark #happy #francobanfi #free #adventure #Bahamas #followme #smile #style #Canon #me #tbt #cute #wildlife #follow #Instagram #love #beautiful #instagood #Socorro #photooftheday #bestoftheday#amazing #look #instalike #picoftheday #food #instafollow #girl

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