VIDEO OF THE DAY: Huge Manatee Appears To Hug Florida Woman Snorkeling

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"once in a lifetime experience"

ABOVE VIDEO: Manatee gets up-close and personal with a woman snorkeling in Crystal River, Florida.

CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – As the owner of an airboat tour company, Mandy Egner has had her fair share of close encounters with sea creatures — both small and large.

But during a snorkeling excursion in Crystal River over the weekend, the Florida woman said she had a “once in a lifetime experience” she’ll never forget.

While swimming amongst a sea of manatees with her cousin on Friday, Egner was approached by a curious, slow-moving sea cow.

“She approached us and was very interested. We would back up to give her space and she would come right back to us,” Egner, of Beverly Hills, explained to Fox News on Monday. “When she approached me … I kept my hands up to let her check me out on her terms.”

Egner said she was careful to follow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) viewing guidelines, which encourage swimmers to never touch or pursue manatees which are protected under federal law.

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