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@natgeo with Photo by @BrianSkerry. West Indian Manatees - a mother and her calf - float above a seagrass bed off the coast of Belize, in Central America. Manatees in this region are less acclimated to humans than those in Florida and thus tend to be more elusive. Despite their hesitancy, this pair allowed me into their world early one morning. These “sea cows” communicate with one another through touch, as well as through patterns of squeaks and squeals. Such signals allow a mother to recognize her calf, and thus to teach the calf necessary survival skills early in life. Manatees are threatened in the wild by both boat strikes and the loss of warm water springs due to climate change. To learn more about these beautiful creatures, and to see more underwater photography, follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #west #indian #manatee #westindies #westindian #manatees #seacow #sea #cow #underwater #photography #natgeo #national #geographic #nationalgeographic #photooftheday #onassignment #mom #mothers #cute #adventure #belize

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