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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    "GMA" weather anchor Sam Champion lived his dream of swimming with manatees. His guide on his adventure was Phillipe Cousteau, Jacques Cousteau's grandson. Cousteau carries on the family tradition, hosting nature shows and heading an environmental non-profit.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    Manatees are an endangered species, and at a refuge in Florida they are monitored around the clock and rehabilitated following injuries from boating accidents, cruelty from divers and swimmers and even a frigid cold winter.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    About half a dozen of the so-called "sea-cows" are released into a national refuge in Florida every year.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    Sam Champion's childhood dream was to become a marine biologist and help injured manatees.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    Our guide on the river, Buddy Powell, has been doing this for more than 40 years, and he appears in the documentary "The Forgotten Mermaid" shot on the same river with Jacques and Phillipe Cousteau Senior.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    A manatee gets a bath at the refuge.
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  • Sam Champion's dream, to swim with the manatees

    <a href="http://www.savethemanatee.org/" target="external">CLICK HERE</a> to learn more about manatees and<a href="http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm" target="external"> find out how you can adopt one</a>.
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