When a group of manatees sneaks up on a couple paddleboarding on the clear waters of Florida’s Weeki Wachee River, the paddlers can’t help but pause and take in the stunning sight.

Manatees, also known as sea cows, are herbivores that live in shallow coastal waters. About 5,000 of the marine animals live in Florida.

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Sneaky manatees surprise paddleboarders
When a group of manatees sneaks up on a couple paddleboarding on Florida’s Weeki Wachee River, the paddlers can’t help but pause and take in the stunning sight