CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. -

An underwater friendship was caught on camera Monday off the Gulf coast of Florida.

In the video, you see a manatee hugging a snorkeler's leg. At one point, the 8-foot mammal is caught caressing the swimmer's flipper.

After a brief bonding moment, the manatee swam away.

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