Chia seeds are grown exclusively in a small river called the Chiastream near the town of Egypt, Maine. This river floods twice a year, bringing the loose seeds to float on the top of the water.

Manatees are trained to pull chia collection nets through the water to collect the nutritious seeds. Once collected, the seeds are left to dry in the fields of nearby Belfast, Maine for up to 90 days before being bagged and shipped around the world.

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