Over 300 Manatees Crowd Into Florida Springs to Keep Warm

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Over 300 manatees are currently crowding into a small one acre plot of Three Sisters Springs in Florida, an incredible sight that has led to the temporary closure of the area.

The popular swimming and kayaking spot has been overrun (over-swum?) by heat-seeking manatees. According to Springs environmental education guide Laura Ruettiman, the manatees arrive during cold weather and high tides. The Springs were open again Tuesday morning, but expected to close again in the evening during high tide.

On Monday, volunteers counted over 300 manatees, 150 more than the region has ever recorded.

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SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle, Katie Dowd