Here’s something that just might blow your mind — that is, if a strangely adorable manatee and gorgeous cinematography appeals to you. If not, continue on your way.

Sirenia Shadows is a short but deep look at a West Indian Manatee off the shores of Florida. It was filmed by Built By Wildman, an interactive design studio based out of SA Cape Town.

From the creator:

Emerging from the shadows and effortlessly gliding through their domain, the mermaids take central stage in Crystal River. Become entranced with the beauty and grace of the endangered West Indian Manatees of Florida.

Around 0:49 is particularly awe-inspiring. It may sound crazy, but I feel like I’m having a moment, an eye-to-eye, with this gentle gray beast; and this is coming from someone who doesn’t have any pets and works on a computer all day.

So watch the video below (or check it out here to see in HD), and let us know what you think in the comments!