Manatee Party Shuts Down Florida Refuge In The Best Possible Way

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Manatee lovers — by which we mean the entire world — get a look at this.

Three Sisters Springs in Florida’s Crystal River Refuge has been periodically shut down to kayakers and swimmers this week, due to hundreds of manatees congregating in the warm, clear water:

So many manatees! Photo courtesy Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex via Facebook

Three Sisters, which is about 80 miles north of Tampa, is said to be the only clear-watered place in the United States where visitors can legally swim, snorkel and kayak with manatees.

But even though the animals do like to winter at Three Springs, where the water is a steady 72 degrees year-round, there usually aren’t quite so many looking to shelter there all at once.

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Photo courtesy Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex via Facebook

Andrew Gude, who manages Crystal River for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says he understands why those who’ve come for the unique opportunity of sharing space with these amazing, federally-protected marine mammals might be disappointed to find it closed.

But, when deciding whether or not to keep the springs open to visitors, he tells The Huffington Post —> Read More Here

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