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  • Individual was paddling around a Florida body of water in a see-through canoe
  • Manatees came right up to the canoe and explored it with their mouths
  • At one point, a curious manatee begins to squeak 

By Forrest Hanson For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:38 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 16:11 EDT, 20 March 2017

Curious Florida manatees got up close and personal with a see-through canoe, and at one point one appeared to try to eat it.

A pair of manatees explores the canoe in what appears to be a lagoon in Hernando County.

The canoe has one standing person inside while two individuals in a green canoe appear to watch the manatees frolicking in the shallow water beneath them, video uploaded to Newsflare shows.

Curious Florida manatees approached a see-through canoe at a body of water - perhaps a lagoon - in the state Curious Florida manatees approached a see-through canoe at a body of water - perhaps a lagoon - in the state

Curious Florida manatees approached a see-through canoe at a body of water - perhaps a lagoon - in the state

The uploader of a video of the interaction wrote: 'Manatees tend to explore things with their mouths, and the See Through Canoe really brings out their curious nature' The uploader of a video of the interaction wrote: 'Manatees tend to explore things with their mouths, and the See Through Canoe really brings out their curious nature'

The uploader of a video of the interaction wrote: 'Manatees tend to explore things with their mouths, and the See Through Canoe really brings out their curious nature'

The manatees' tendency to explore with their mouths can at times make it look like they are trying to eat or taste objects The manatees' tendency to explore with their mouths can at times make it look like they are trying to eat or taste objects

The manatees' tendency to explore with their mouths can at times make it look like they are trying to eat or taste objects

The uploader, See Through Canoe, wrote: 'While I was canoeing yesterday, a very curious and friendly manatee came up to the [canoe] and appeared as though he was taste-testing it.'

One manatee begins to squeak around the 1-minute, 45-second mark, perhaps communicating with its fellow creatures.

The uploaded added: 'Manatees tend to explore things with their mouths, and the See Through Canoe really brings out their curious nature.'

The manatee is hardly the first sociable creature to interact with humans.

Celine Chasteen couldn't believe it when a manatee swam right up to her and put his flippers on her paddle board in Jupiter, Florida this past summer.

At first Celine had thought the manatee was a rock in the distance as she paddled through the waters of Jupiter. 

Two individuals in a green canoe, pictured, appeared to watch the manatees frolicking in the shallow water beneath them Two individuals in a green canoe, pictured, appeared to watch the manatees frolicking in the shallow water beneath them

Two individuals in a green canoe, pictured, appeared to watch the manatees frolicking in the shallow water beneath them

It is illegal to molest, harass or disturb manatees. Penalties for doing so can include fines up to $500 and up to two months in jail under Florida state law  It is illegal to molest, harass or disturb manatees. Penalties for doing so can include fines up to $500 and up to two months in jail under Florida state law 

It is illegal to molest, harass or disturb manatees. Penalties for doing so can include fines up to $500 and up to two months in jail under Florida state law 

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

The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act prohibits molesting, harassing or disturbing manatees.

Florida state law punishes such behavior with a maximum fine of $500 and up to two months in jail.

In extreme cases, a conviction at the federal level can be punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and a year in prison.

Manatees, formerly on the endangered species list, were downgraded to 'threatened' in January 2016. 

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