For the second year in a row, manatees in Florida avoided cold February waters by invading the Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County, Florida, flooding the tourist destination with a herd 300 manatees strong.
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Video of manatees outside Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River Florida this morning. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates about 300 manatees were using the spring as a warm water shelter this morning.Posted by Discover Crystal River Florida on Monday, February 8, 2016
The springs have been closed off to swimmers, although you can still walk the boardwalk at Three Sisters and peer down at the immense flock of floating fatties.
The manatee population in King's Bay (the larger body of water connected to the Springs) has about 100 full-time residents, according to the county tourist board, but the population swells to 1000 in the winter as they take advantage of the warm water. Dense herds of hundreds of animals, which is what's happening now, are more rare.