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Animal encounters

From a face-of with a friendly macaque to a near miss with hurtling white rhinos, our staf and contributors recall run-ins with beasts, birds and bugs

MANATEES IN BELIZE

My wife and had spent a day snorkelling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize, where we saw loggerhead turtles, stingrays and nurse sharks. On the way back to shore our guide spotted a shadow in the water. Just a few metres below was a West Indian manatee, a rare marine mammal that looks like a friendlier version of a walrus. It didn’t mind our presence at a distance, so we swam above it for 15 minutes. Then, with a swish of its spade-shaped tail, it was gone.

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