Hundreds of manatees clog Florida wildlife spring

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Manatees Escape the Cold In Wildlife Refuge


Anyone hoping to swim with the manatees in Florida may have to wait a bit, as the manatees have taken up all the room for swimming.

Three Sisters Springs, a manatee refuge in Citrus County, about 65 miles north of Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast, has been closed to the public because so many of the mammals are seeking shelter in warmer waters. It is estimated that as many as 400 manatees are resting in the spring named Idiot's Delight.

It is a popular spot for swimmers and kayakers, according to the refuge's website. The refuge also has a boardwalk area that is not affected by the closing.

However, swimming with the manatees is not an option for the foreseeable future.

While a large number of the manatees are in Three Sisters, it is estimated that there are more than 1,000 manatees in the Kings Bay/Crystal River/Homosassa River complex, of which Three Sisters Springs is a part, according to a statement from the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

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GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 01: A baby manatee plays against the glass in one of the very first public appearances on October 1, 2015 in Genoa, Italy. The baby manatee is the only one in Italy and there are only 10 zoos in Europe with these herbivorous marine mammals. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 01: A baby manatee plays with its mother in one of the very first public appearances on October 1, 2015 in Genoa, Italy. The baby manatee is the only one in Italy and there are only 10 zoos in Europe with these herbivorous marine mammals. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
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