Freediver Films Incredible Close Encounter With Pod of Humpback Whales

A group of friends was treated to an up-close encounter with a pod of humpback whales while freediving in Bermuda on March 28.

Egor Nesterenko, who shot this footage, told Storyful the massive marine mammals approached his group and “seemed very curious and even playful!”

“Hearing these whales sing under the water is absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I’ve ever heard before,” Nesterenko said. “We kept at a safe distance recognizing that after all these are wild animals weighing several tons but it was very difficult to resist the temptation to approach them for a closer look.”

In the video, Nesterenko and his friends swim alongside the humpbacks as they twist and turn in the crystal Atlantic waters. The whales can be heard singing.

“It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget,” Nesterenko said. Credit: Egor Nesterenko via Storyful