If manatees regularly hung out with paddle boarders, I’d be paddling more often.
Celine Chasteen and her friend happened upon two manatees while standup paddle boarding in Jupiter, FL.
Chasten described the one with its flippers on her board as very playful, which seems accurate.
It’s important to remember that manatees are a protected species. Interacting with them under circumstances like this is okay, but don’t chase them down.