While the stirring scenes Amsler caught on film are certainly heartwarming, sperm whales, classified as an endangered species, are still reeling after two centuries of rampant whaling, which claimed the lives of some 1 million whales before the practice was banned.
The species has since rebounded, but are still under threat from human activity because of boat strikes, entanglements in fishing gear and ocean pollution.
Amsler writes on Facebook that he hopes his footage might help generate a newfound respect for these endangered animals:
"These images where made in respect to the animals and with special permission by the Azores Government. This film and photo documents are unique and worldwide publications will sensibilize people to stand up for the Whales!!"