Florida’s Three Sisters Springs Shut Down by Hundreds of Manatees
by Anna Norris
As temperatures have dipped lower than usual for this time of year, a popular swimming spot in Florida was forced to close on Monday after a group of about 300 manatees congregated at Three Sisters Springs to enjoy the balmy waters.
Like penguins, manatees form huddles in the warm springs when the temperatures are a bit too cold for their liking. The Crystal River park closed to allow the manatees to rest undisturbed.
“We have a record number this year,”
Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide at Three Sisters
Springs, told USA Today. “We have 150 more manatees here than have ever
been recorded in the past…”
(read more: The Weather Channel)
photos: USFWS, Keith Ramos, and the U.S. Geological Survey