Getting to see marine animals up close is undoubtedly the dream of every diver. Going below the surface of the ocean, or any body of water for that matter, offers the chance to experience a world entirely different from our own and meet creatures we could never see on land. Of course, we’ve all read about marine animals and seen photos, but having one swim up to you to personally say hello, now that’s something!

The diver in this video has the experience of a lifetime when an affectionate manatee floats on over to check her out. Rebecca Ziegler was not expecting to even see manatees when she set out for a dip in Crystal River, Florida, but stumbled across possibly the world’s most friendly sea cow.

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Like a good aquatic host, the manatee welcomes Ziegler to his underwater home and offers a fin to shake then abandons all formality and swoops in for a hug. Seeing that manatee populations are greatly threatened by ship strikes and habitat loss, this loving manatee serves as the perfect ambassador for this species.

To learn more about how you can help protect the manatee, check out the Save the Manatee Club website.



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