Celine Chasteen was out paddleboarding with a friend in Jupiter, Florida, this week when she had a rather surprise encounter with a local celebrity of sorts — a manatee, who seemed more than eager to make her acquaintance. Evidently, he’d seen her passing by and decided to drop by to, you know, say hello.
Chasteen told The Dodo: “We were going along the coast and I saw what I thought were rocks, but then they started moving. The next thing I know, there’s a manatee putting his flippers on my board.”
What would you have done if a manatee dropped by like that? Celine was undoubtedly surprised, but as can be witnessed in the video, she kept her cool.
The interaction lasted only 30 seconds, but the manatee managed to win Chasten over in that time. She said:“At first, I was like, ‘What is going on?’ But honestly, it was so cool. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”
“I thought he was really cute. He was really nice and stuff. I hope he drops by again,” she added.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to remind the public that it is illegal to touch manatees. Also, if a sea cow avoids you, do not attempt to chase it for a closer view.
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