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Video Shows Manatee Munching On Moss Above Water In Bizarre Sight

Around this time every year, hundreds of manatees vacate the cooling Gulf of Mexico and head to Florida.

While they typically only eat what they find underwater, one staying at the Three Sisters Springs decided to go out and grab a snack.

Video taken by Kathy Lemmer, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer, shows the manatee partially emerging from the water and munching on some Spanish moss.

Apparently quite hungry, the manatee was incredibly enthusiastic about ingesting as much as possible, using a flipper to stuff it down.

Such behavior is considered highly unusual. Ivan Vicente, who's been working at the site for many years, told the Tampa Bay Times that this is the first time he's ever witnessed such an activity.

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PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 08: Tinus, the manatee, at the Zoological Park of Paris on April 8, 2014 in Paris, France. After 6 years of closing time and a complete â?¬ 167-million renovation, the Zoo will reopen its doors to visitors on April 12, 2014. The new park offers a journey through five biozones: Patagonia, Sahel, Sudan, Europe, Guyana and Madagascar on 14.5 hectares. (Photo by Lucas Schifres/Getty Images)
A Manatee in the Crystal River, Florida. (Photo via Getty)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 08: A visitor takes photos of Tinus, the manatee, at the Zoological Park of Paris on April 8, 2014 in Paris, France. After 6 years of closing time and a complete â?¬ 167-million renovation, the Zoo will reopen its doors to visitors on April 12, 2014. The new park offers a journey through five biozones: Patagonia, Sahel, Sudan, Europe, Guyana and Madagascar on 14.5 hectares. (Photo by Lucas Schifres/Getty Images)
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A photo taken on July 19, 2014 shows Mandilo, a baby manatee which was born on April 24, 2014, swimming at the Zoo Parc of Beauval. Mandilo was rescued and bottle fed by trainers for a month until his mother accepted to breastfeed it. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
Mandilo, a baby manatee which was born on April 24, 2014 swims near its mother on July 19, 2014 at the Zoo Parc of Beauval. Mandilo was rescued and bottle fed by trainers for a month until his mother accepted to breastfeed it. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
Mandilo, a baby manatee which was born on April 24, 2014 swims near its mother on July 19, 2014 at the Zoo Parc of Beauval. Mandilo was rescued and bottle fed by trainers for a month until his mother accepted to breastfeed it. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
Mandilo, a baby manatee which was born on April 24, 2014 swims near its mother on July 19, 2014 at the Zoo Parc of Beauval. Mandilo was rescued and bottle fed by trainers for a month until his mother accepted to breastfeed it. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - MAY 25: Author and television presenter of River Monsters series, Jeremy Wade (L) feeds the manatees during the Jeremy Wade's exclusive showcase at River Safari on May 25, 2014 in Singapore (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Mandilo, a baby manatee which was born on April 24, 2014 suckles its mother on July 19, 2014 at the Zoo Parc of Beauval. Mandilo was rescued and bottle fed by trainers for a month until his mother accepted to breastfeed it. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 08: A general view of a manatee in the Guyana biozone at the Zoological Park of Paris on April 8, 2014 in Paris, France. After 6 years of closing time and a complete renovation, the Zoo will reopen its doors to visitors on April 12, 2014. The new park offers a journey through five biozones Patagonia, Sahel, Sudan, Europe, Guyana and Madagascar on 14.5 hectares and 4 km journey. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
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(FILE) Picture taken at the Singapore Zoo, on March 11, 2003 of a newborn Manatee swimming with the help of its mother, Eva, hours after being born. Guatemalan environmentalists found on August 14, 2008 in Izabal, some 350km northeast of Guatemala City, a dead manatee -a species in danger of extinction, of which there are only about 40 specimens in the Caribbean coast- allegedly killed by hunters who would then sell its meat. AFP PHOTO/STRAITS TIMES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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** FILE **A Manatee swims at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla., in this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 file photo. Wildlife officials will consider moving the manatee off Florida's endangered species list Wednesday and reclassify it in the lower category of threatened. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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Florida manatee mother and calf take breath from water's surface at same moment. (Photo by Carol Grant via Getty)
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Florida Manatee looking directly at camera, close-up, nose above water surface (Photo by Clark Wheeler via Getty)
Manatees at rest on the bottom of the Crystal River. (Photo by Stephen Frink via Getty)
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