Christopher Swann, a British photographer, has spent over 25 years photographing sea creatures – whales and dolphins in particular, both above and beneath the surface of the ocean.

Swann has become very familiar with the cetaceans behaviours having spent decades diving, as well as running whale and dolphin watching holidays around the world.

His experience means he is able to venture closer to these stunning creatures than others, resulting in intimate and breathtaking portraits.

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“I have been at sea sailing since I was 17 (40 years ago) and I love the beauty and perfection of the sea.”

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“Cetaceans epitomise that, and nothing is more perfect than any cetacean underwater, but whales are really special.”

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“To see animals so huge yet so graceful, so at ease and at one with their surroundings, is exquisite.”