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Published on Mar 28, 2012
http://www.celinecousteau.com/ . Céline Cousteau travelled to Crystal River, Florida to encounter the gentle giants of the shallows, manatees. Six months pregnant, she is granted a very special audience by a young female who chose to approach and made several barrel turns just under Céline. As instructed by the local dive operator, she reaches out only when 'invited' to. One is left thinking if this experience is a testament to our human-animal connection. Enjoy the moment and please respect your oceans and it's inhabitants. Help protect the manatee- contribute. ie- http://www.savethemanatee.org/ or find an organization you want to support. - West Indian manatees in the United States are protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 which make it illegal to harass, hunt, capture, or kill any marine mammal. The manatee is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and CITES Appendix 1.