These Pictures Of Freedivers With Beluga Whales Are Pretty Special

They faced sub zero temperatures and a ceiling of ice over their heads, but boy was it worth it…

1. Ukrainian Andrey Nekrasov captured the stunning images in the Arctic Circle, Northern Karelia White Sea, Russia.

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2. He said: “It was cold water with sub zero temperature and then there is that impossibility of getting out anywhere. There is [an] armour of ice over the diver’s head.”

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

3. “But it all pays off because you see the beauty that you will see nowhere else. The underwater part often has a spectacular topography and structure.”

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

4. Free divers head to the White Sea every year, though ground temperatures fall as low as minus 20 degrees, and the water temperature hovers around minus two degrees.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

5. They use 7mm wetsuits and stay in special mobile homes around the sea.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

6. A chainsaw was used to carve a hole in the ice.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

7. Nekrasov was tied to a safety line while he dived.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

8. He went down to about 18 metres.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

9. It’s dangerous and time consuming: but definitely worth it.

Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media
Andrey Nekrasov/Barcroft Media

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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