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 (425)

kabrlo

kabrlo, 26 days ago

@lilsmoak too much

paula_k41

paula_k41, 25 days ago

So cute

ruby_88_

ruby_88_, 25 days ago

Never did see em @jozay22 😦

an.amthaa

an.amthaa, 25 days ago

I feel so sad to know that more than 500 manatees dead.

saltnphilla

saltnphilla, 25 days ago

@___franni

___franni

___franni, 25 days ago

@saltnphilla ich liebe!!!!

kbinsby

kbinsby, 25 days ago

@bookwormamy

brennmarr

brennmarr, 25 days ago

@noahsteph

alfine11

alfine11, 25 days ago

@i_be_fine see?

withers.j

withers.j, 23 days ago

@sulliveg

jeremyrporter

jeremyrporter, 22 days ago

@maymd

georginamacpherson

georginamacpherson, 22 days ago

@sna_koh

rimathecheetah

rimathecheetah, 20 days ago

So cute 🦔

batchmichelle

batchmichelle, 19 days ago

Oh dear

peckhamgurl

peckhamgurl, 18 days ago

@charlotte.cartwright2 @cartwrongj

ashol_pan

ashol_pan, 17 days ago

@krista_wilmoth 💙

simplelovefurniture

simplelovefurniture, 12 days ago

Beautiful 💕

aileechiam

aileechiam, 12 days ago

Well done, keep up this great work that you are doing! 🙏

beckylgroberts

beckylgroberts, 12 days ago

@louisburnett remember when we saw manatees in Belize 😍 that was an incredible day

claudia.m.sousa

claudia.m.sousa, 6 days ago

😍