Video shows manatee hugging diver's leg

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:02 pm | Updated: 12:11 pm, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. - A snorkeler in Citrus County got a little under-the-sea love from a manatee.

Actually, it appears the animal had a thing for the swimmer's flippers.

A video of the incident shows the 8-foot-long animal holding on to the swimmer's leg and caressing the flipper.

It eventually swam away.

Divers who are watching manatees are instructed to not touch the animals, but there are no rules for when manatees touch the diver.

 

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