Pictured: Freediver Sabrina Monella swimming with whales.
A freediver looks tiny as she swims with a pod of huge sperm whales - which are bigger in length than a bus.
Despite the whales' impressive size, they were more than happy to welcome a new addition to their pod as Sabrina Belloni held her breath for up to two minutes at a time in order to get close to the mammals.
Photographer Franco Banfi, who specialises in underwater wildlife, and Miss Belloni, 49, spent 10 days with the whales, regularly freediving with them to take these amazing photos.
Freediving is a form of underwater diving where divers do not rely on oxygen tanks - instead they must hold their breath until they resurface. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS.
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