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Record Breaking Photo: 9 Humpback Whales in Tonga

By Scuba Diving staff | Updated On January 3, 2024
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Record Breaking Photo: 9 Humpback Whales in Tonga

Humpback whales photo by Darren Jew

Darren Jew captured Guinness World Record diver Ai Futaki swimming in harmony with a group of humpback whales. How many can you spot?

Darren Jew

What’s so special about nine whales, you ask? It’s a world record for the greatest number of humpback whales in one underwater image, and the record holder is photographer Darren Jew. To add to the star power in this image, Guinness World Record freediver Ai Futaki is photographed swimming alongside these magnificent and gentle giants. This record-breaking moment was captured last year in Tonga, where humpback whales journey every year from July to October to mate and give birth.