Mating manatees attract a crowd on Lido Key

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Beachgoers on Lido Beach Saturday got a front row seat to a manatee mating ritual.

ABC 7 viewer Todd Addison sent in this video. He says about 100 people crowded around to see what was going on.

The manatee herds usually consist of one female manatee and several males that follow in an attempt to mate with her.

It’s something that's common in Florida, but wildlife officials urge the public to leave the manatees alone during the ritual.

Mating manatees on Lido Key 6/7/14
Mating manatees on Lido Key, 6/7/14

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