June 2, 2014

Swimming for Supper

Photograph by Narong Rattanaya, National Geographic Your Shot

"On Phuket, Thailand, monkeys [inhabit] the mangrove forest and tourists and locals come to feed them bananas and nuts," writes Narong Rattanaya, a member of our Your Shot community. "The monkeys swim and dive in the water while they wait for the food."

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33 comments
Chris Backe
Chris Backe

Great shot! There's a place in Samut Songkhram (near Bangkok) that's similar - it's way off the beaten path, but it's worth the effort to reach.

Prasanta Das
Prasanta Das

Swimming is a skill that monkeys have learnt as adaptive survival behavior in a land ravaged by frequent floods and cyclone. Monkeys display similar behavior in India, Bangladesh and other parts of SE Asia.


Janice H.
Janice H.

Poor animals, so seemingly dependent on us weak and in many cases not dependable people.      Bless their beautiful hearts.         Those eyes tell it all.      

Rosy M.
Rosy M.

Great shot! Beautiful face!

T Branning
T Branning

I think it's a very good picture. It's sharp and clear despite the obvious movement from the monkey. Beware of being overly critical of the local feeding habit. Monkeys are very clever and are one of the most intelligent animals on earth, the do get bored. This monkey can just be killing time until a tourist happens to pass by. They also learn. They can discover that people are more likely to throw food if they swim around in the water as a means of getting attention; in fact it's actually stunningly logical. People obviously throw food either way, the monkeys just learned that by swimming they can get the people to throw more. There's nothing cruel about it, I think it's a marvelous display of adaptation.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I dont understand why monkeys have to become aquatic to be fed! The shot is a good one,but the begging face is to me really sad . I guess they are used to what they must do to amuse tourists,and be fed  .j.e.s........ 

Dick Tandy
Dick Tandy

poor little thing . awesome shot !

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

The poor monkey looks hungry - hopefully it won't drown in the water ?

Narong Rattanaya
Narong Rattanaya

@Chinh Nguyen  No, Water in canal is shallow when monkey swim you see black color. this canal connected with phuket gulf water will up and down in a day.

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