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.
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brunettejeans, 3 months ago
azim_siddiquee, 3 months ago
lou_pedersen, 3 months ago
I love manatees - this picture is stunning! ❤
alyssakristine_ave, 3 months ago
@a_bozz too cute !! @moonlitwingblog
joyceaikengreene, 2 months ago
I love manatees. I have observed them in Homasassa Springs and Crystal River, FL. Unfortunately, many of them carry the scars of being run over by boat propellers. Do you lnow if their numbers are still declining?
rosaneaparecidaliberatto, 2 months ago
Beautiful, beautiful, perfect love!!!
saltmarineconservation, 2 months ago
😍😍 beautiful!! I can I@adobe so many captions for this
ignacioggarcia97, 2 months ago
lacyjoyjoy, 2 months ago
mamaorganicaa, 2 months ago
So cute 😍
shelbsmckay, 2 months ago
isabeltenoriob, 2 months ago
scharls, 2 months ago
@mo.2212 die süßen manatis
mo.2212, 2 months ago
@scharls oh ja 😄
chrisshinn, 1 month ago
blueinorange, 1 month ago
Cute and lovely😍
camdenashley, 27 days ago
happy_beatle4, 22 days ago
GOOD picture. I can just imagine......."WEEEEEEE----faster mommy,faster!!" Brought a smile. ☺
tom.hofbauer, 19 days ago
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