By Jamie Smith
These wonderful images show one of nature’s gentle giant’s in all its glory – relaxing underwater in a hilarious pose.
Captured by scuba diver and photographer Tanakit Suwanyangyaun in Coron, off the coast of the Philippines, the images show a close encounter between a group of divers and a manatee, otherwise known as a ‘sea cow’.
Much like cows on land, sea cows graze peacefully on plants and this one seemed eager to chill on its side after a heavy meal.
The light-hearted photo set, taken in May, shows the sea cow gracefully passing above, as well as beside the divers.
Tanakit said: “Underwater this amazing animal is normally really shy. But this is the special friendly one.
“It is really special to be with this amazing creature. You cannot find any other animal like this in the world.”