A Friendly Manatee Makes New Friends With Paddleboarders, Goes For A Ride…

Two extremely lucky girls got the best summer surprise when they went out paddleboarding in Florida and made the biggest (literally!) new friend they’ve ever had.

Celine Chasteen couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a manatee swim right up to her and rest his flippers on her board.

At first Celine had mistaken the mammal for a rock in the distance, as she paddled through the waters of Jupiter, Florida. But the rock turned out to be alive!

Celine Chasteen couldn’t believe it when a manatee swam right up to her as she went paddleboarding through the waters of Jupiter, Florida.

A Friendly Manatee Makes New Friends With Paddleboarders, Goes For A Ride...

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Celine said when she first spotted the manatee from the distance, she thought it was a rock.

A Friendly Manatee Makes New Friends With Paddleboarders, Goes For A Ride...

Celine told The Dodo:

The next thing I know, there’s a manatee putting his flippers on my board.

It was so cool. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.

I thought he was really cute. He was really nice. I hope he drops by again.

“But then they started moving”, Celine said. ‘Next thing I know, there’s a manatee putting his flippers on my board.”

A Friendly Manatee Makes New Friends With Paddleboarders, Goes For A Ride...

The manatee was happy to chill out with Celine and her friend, floating with the pair for a moment before he swam away.

A Friendly Manatee Makes New Friends With Paddleboarders, Goes For A Ride...

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