11/02/2015 16:21 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Kids Swim With 40 Tonne Humpback Whales In Amazing Video Clip


The Rice family are real water babies – and we don't mean splashing around in their local overcrowded leisure centre every Saturday.

British underwater camera operator Darren Rice, his wife Nina and their three children, JJ, nine, Abbie, eight and Lily, six, oversee the Matafonua resort in Tonga. And it's there that the five of them mingle with humpback whales in water 500m deep.

Speaking about the family's swimming sessions, Darren insisted they were perfectly safe, telling Barcroft Media:

"The whales are very gentle and accommodating. I have noted over the years that they enjoy interacting with children, especially the mothers with young babies of their own. There is no danger.

"As a resort we specialise in taking people out everyday during the season to swim with the whales. We are one of the few places in the world where this is permitted.

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