Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Watch this video of hundreds of manatees lounging at Three Sisters Springs
By Rachel Stuart
on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 5:54 PM
As of Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
is closed because nearly 400 manatees decided to show up and bask in the 72 degree water, according to its Facebook
With more cold weather forecast, CNN
reported that wildlife officials predict the number of manatees sheltering around the springs to jump as high as 500 and forcing another closure.
The staff will calculate the number of manatees Wednesday morning, and will consider reopening the springs if the number has decreased.
It's Manatee Monday, so here's a peek at what's happening at Three Sisters Springs right now! What a snooze fest!(Video credit: Kelly Borgmann, USFWS)Posted by Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex on Monday, February 1, 2016
Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to close Three Sisters Springs because a "high number of manatees" needed room to lay around and rest.