These stunning photographs capture one of nature’s gentle giants in all its majesty — enjoying underwater in an amusing posture.
The spectacular images, captured by a scuba diver and photographer Tanakit Suwanyangyaun in Coron, off the Philippines coast, show a close encounter between a group of divers and a manatee, otherwise known a “sea cow.”
Like cattle on land, sea cows enjoy grazing peacefully on vegetation, and this one appeared to be resting on its side after a hearty meal.
The sea cow was captured in a fun photograph series released when it gracefully swam above and beside the divers.
“This beautiful creature is typically quite timid underwater. But this one is special. It is the friendliest of all underwater animals,” Tanakit added.
“It’s amazing to be in such close contact with a magnificent creature. There is no other animal like this on the planet. ”