Do whales sleep? To be specific,do sperm whales sleep? It’s not a frequent question but when the time comes that your kid or little nephew or niece asks you, what do you tell them? Don’t worry because we found the answer! Well, it was actually underwater photographer Franco Banfi who snapped the extremely rare photo while following a pack of sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea, near Dominica Island.
The whales suddenly stopped moving and went into a synchronized vertical rest.This behavior was first documented back in 2008, when a team of biologists from the United Kingdom and Japan drifted into a group of completely still sperm whales. After further studies, they found that this collective nap occurs for approximately 7 percent of the whale’s life, in short intervals of just 6-24 minutes.
Aren’t the pictures breath-taking? It’s not every day that we see these gentle giants close their eyes to sleep.