Alex Voyer and Alex Roubaud took off with the dream of observing humpback whales in the Indian Ocean.
Disappointingly for them, the whales were not in their expected location, but the freedivers still caught the full beauty of the ocean in their captivating images.
The pair, who work together under the name Fisheye, spent a month in Mauritius, Mayotte and Mohéli.
Getting up close to a sperm whale
The humpbacks are known to migrate from June to October to give birth and mate, and the guys thought they’d be sure to meet them.
Enjoying the Indian Ocean
However, they were nowhere to be seen. The reason? Alex isn’t so sure, he says: “Nobody knows much about it, and that is the nature of the wild world. The animals keep their mysteries, they are not objects to be bought or to be possessed for his own satisfaction, and that is certainly the way it should be!”
The animals keep their mysteries, they are not objects to be bought or to be possessed
Although they missed the humpbacks, the trip most certainly did not disappoint as the ocean provided them with a whole host of wildlife to admire.
The Indian Ocean has spoiled us more than we expected…
The guys were able to swim alongside a group of 20 sperm whales, Alex says of the encounter: “A big baby accompanied us on an freedive of 15 metres deep. After an hour cavorting, it seemed to us he was looking to catch our palms with incredible softness and delicacy, absolutely no sign of aggression or any sudden move on his part. But he became so sticky that we decided to leave the water before he wants to take us fishing with him 600m deeper!”
A rare view of a pseudo orca
Alex and Alex were also lucky enough to meet 20 pseudo orcas, a rare occurrence. Green turtles also joined them for a swim, Alex explains: “The green turtles are an emblematic species of the islands of Mohéli and Mayotte, every night a minimum of 20 would lay eggs on the beaches of Itsamia, now a marine reserve.”
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They also came across manta rays, and enjoyed swimming with them at the end of each day while on Moheli.
Alex adds: “The Indian Ocean has spoiled us more than we expected, its waters are always full of life, but many local fishermen tell us that their resources are diminishing rapidly.”