Manatee & Girl Best Friends

This is the adorable moment a teenager became friends with a gentle ocean giant. Margaux Maes, 16, was holidaying on the Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, with mother Ellen and brother Max, when a native manatee took a shine to her. The marine mammals – which can weigh more than a tiger shark – are usually known for shying away from humans.

This is the adorable moment a teenager became friends with a gentle ocean giant. Margaux Maes, 16, was holidaying on the Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, with mother Ellen and brother Max, when a native manatee took a shine to her. The marine mammals - which can weigh more than a tiger shark - are usually known for shying away from humans.

This is the adorable moment a teenager became friends with a gentle ocean giant. Margaux Maes, 16, was holidaying on the Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, with mother Ellen and brother Max, when a native manatee took a shine to her. The marine mammals - which can weigh more than a tiger shark - are usually known for shying away from humans.

This is the adorable moment a teenager became friends with a gentle ocean giant. Margaux Maes, 16, was holidaying on the Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, with mother Ellen and brother Max, when a native manatee took a shine to her. The marine mammals - which can weigh more than a tiger shark - are usually known for shying away from humans.

This is the adorable moment a teenager became friends with a gentle ocean giant. Margaux Maes, 16, was holidaying on the Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida, with mother Ellen and brother Max, when a native manatee took a shine to her. The marine mammals - which can weigh more than a tiger shark - are usually known for shying away from humans.