20/04/2012 11:07 BST | Updated 20/06/2012 10:12 BST

Tiger Takes A Swim At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo, San Francisco (PICTURES)

Source: Barcroft Media

Tony may look fearsome swimming underwater but he is actually having a grrr-eat time.

The mighty predator jumped into a huge 30-feet pool in front of amazed visitors to the zoo where it lived.

Unlike most cats – including big ones – tigers actually enjoy a splash, as shown by the enthusiastic strokes of this mighty swimmer who stayed under water for a respectable 40 seconds.

Scroll down for images of the tiger taking a dip

Indian photographer, Mukul Soman, who now lives in Seattle in the US, took these incredible pictures while visiting the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo, near San Francisco, California.

“I saw the raw power, agility, and ferociousness of one of the most most beautiful animals on the planet,” said Mukul.

“These pictures give us an ‘in the face’ representation of the tiger.

“People seemed shell shocked, as many of them couldn't associate tigers with water, when in fact tigers are excellent swimmers.

There are only believed to be 3,200 tigers left in the wild. They used to live as far west as Turkey and as far east as the island of Bali – however in the past 100 years their habitat has reduced to include a range from India to Sumatra in Indonesia.

“Tigers are a critically endangered in every part of the world where they exist,” said Mukul.

“I hope my pictures give us a chance to appreciate this mighty beast and understand the importance of conserving these incredible predators.”