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

453

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 (453)

lacyjoyjoy

lacyjoyjoy, 5 months ago

@nancnanc1 Belize

mamaorganicaa

mamaorganicaa, 5 months ago

So cute 😍

isabeltenoriob

isabeltenoriob, 5 months ago

@daniela_.victoria 😍😍😍

scharls

scharls, 5 months ago

@mo.2212 die süßen manatis

mo.2212

mo.2212, 5 months ago

@scharls oh ja 😄

chrisshinn

chrisshinn, 4 months ago

@katiewacha

blueinorange

blueinorange, 4 months ago

Cute and lovely😍

camdenashley

camdenashley, 4 months ago

@rkraus5

happy_beatle69

happy_beatle69, 4 months ago

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

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 3 months ago

@zoe

tom.hofbauer

tom.hofbauer, 3 months ago

@zoejabs_13

ange.tn

ange.tn, 3 months ago

@kalelevizephyr 😍😍 this is so cute

k_wanders

k_wanders, 3 months ago

@bendigans

mina_edit98

mina_edit98, 2 months ago

Superrrrr

mham62

mham62, 2 months ago

So love 👏👏👏Amazing picture😍😍

angie.stinson1607

angie.stinson1607, 10 days ago

Awesome 👏 your gallery is gorgeous 👏👌❤️❤️❤️

jayeboiv

jayeboiv, 8 days ago

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

ishy625

ishy625, 4 days ago

@nidz_le_mon this is in Belize!!!