brianskerry Photo by @BrianSkerry. 
A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an @NatGeo story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival. 
This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning. 
#natgeo #underwaterphoto #instagood #follow #underwaterphotography #manatee #cute #animals #animal #followme #photooftheday #photography #travelphoto #travel #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove

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Photo by @BrianSkerry.  A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an @NatGeo story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival. This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning. #natgeo #underwaterphoto #instagood #follow #underwaterphotography #manatee #cute #animals #animal #followme #photooftheday #photography #travelphoto #travel #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove

Comments (459)

mo.2212

mo.2212, 8 months ago

@scharls oh ja 😄

chrisshinn

chrisshinn, 7 months ago

@katiewacha

duckycindy14

duckycindy14, 7 months ago

Cute and lovely😍

camdenashley

camdenashley, 7 months ago

@rkraus5

happy_beatle69

happy_beatle69, 7 months ago

GOOD picture. I can just imagine......."WEEEEEEE----faster mommy,faster!!" Brought a smile. ☺

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 7 months ago

@zoe

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 7 months ago

@zoejabs_13

ange.tn

ange.tn, 6 months ago

@kalelevizephyr 😍😍 this is so cute

k_wanders

k_wanders, 6 months ago

@bendigans

mina_edit98

mina_edit98, 5 months ago

Superrrrr

mham62

mham62, 5 months ago

So love 👏👏👏Amazing picture😍😍

angie.stinson1607

angie.stinson1607, 3 months ago

Awesome 👏 your gallery is gorgeous 👏👌❤️❤️❤️

jayeboiv

jayeboiv, 3 months ago

🎵Ride Ride Ride Hitchin A Ride🎶 👍 #vanityfare 😂

ishy625

ishy625, 3 months ago

@nidz_le_mon this is in Belize!!!

bianca_f16

bianca_f16, 3 months ago

@bellcrystal

gloriaq8667

gloriaq8667, 3 months ago

Voy con mami!!!!

celinedetavernier

celinedetavernier, 3 months ago

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ehawkins388

ehawkins388, 3 months ago

Incredible!

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kimpleatman, 3 months ago

@jasmin.kt

uli_es_12

uli_es_12, 3 months ago

Amazing 😀😀😀