Sperm Whales Power Nap. Who knew?


Hey, we all need a break sometimes and sperm whales are no different. 

Underwater Photographer Franco Banfi was following a pod of sperm whales when, off the coast of the Caribbean island of Dominica, the whales decided to take a quick power nap. 

First documented in 2008, sperm whales will nap for short periods of time - usually between six and twenty-five minutes - but spend 93% of their time awake and on the move. 

The presence of 58 year old Banfi and his dive partner, Sabrina Banfi, didn't seem to bother the whales and they slept soundly as the two divers snapped these incredible images of an incredibly rare moment. 

Sperm whales, averaging a length of 52 feet, are the largest of the toothed whales and are the largest toothed predator on earth.

These whales continue to be pressured by human activity and are currently classified as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and classified as endangered in the United States Endangered Species Act


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