Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Watch this video of hundreds of manatees lounging at Three Sisters Springs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 5:54 PM

click image PHOTO VIA CRYSTAL RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPLEX/FACEBOOK
  • Photo via Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex/Facebook
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. 

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

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