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 (445)

brunettejeans

brunettejeans, 3 months ago

@f0sh33zy @tom_helm88

azim_siddiquee

azim_siddiquee, 3 months ago

👌✌

lou_pedersen

lou_pedersen, 3 months ago

I love manatees - this picture is stunning! ❤

alyssakristine_ave

alyssakristine_ave, 3 months ago

@a_bozz too cute !! @moonlitwingblog

joyceaikengreene

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

rosaneaparecidaliberatto, 2 months ago

Beautiful, beautiful, perfect love!!!

saltmarineconservation

saltmarineconservation, 2 months ago

😍😍 beautiful!! I can I@adobe so many captions for this

ignacioggarcia97

ignacioggarcia97, 2 months ago

@elenaguerrero9

lacyjoyjoy

lacyjoyjoy, 2 months ago

@nancnanc1 Belize

mamaorganicaa

mamaorganicaa, 2 months ago

So cute 😍

isabeltenoriob

isabeltenoriob, 2 months ago

@daniela_.victoria 😍😍😍

scharls

scharls, 2 months ago

@mo.2212 die süßen manatis

mo.2212

mo.2212, 2 months ago

@scharls oh ja 😄

chrisshinn

chrisshinn, 1 month ago

@katiewacha

blueinorange

blueinorange, 1 month ago

Cute and lovely😍

camdenashley

camdenashley, 27 days ago

@rkraus5

happy_beatle4

happy_beatle4, 22 days ago

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

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 19 days ago

@zoe

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 19 days ago

@zoejabs_13