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A thirsty manatee found an ingenious source of refreshment as it drank a stream of water from a boat.

Gabe Gallardo was in Key Largo, Florida, on July 2 when he spotted the mammoth marine mammal floating in the water by the docks.

Clearly gagging for a drink, the manatee positions itself under the limber hole on the boat as the runoff streams directly into its mouth.

Gabe said: “While we were fishing, we spotted this clever manatee.

“It must have learned to do this over the years.”