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Record Manatee Numbers Arrive at Three Sisters Springs
By Ian Seldrup, February 4, 2015 @ 01:30 AM (EST)
Source: USA Today

By any measure, Florida’s Three Sisters Springs is a great place to get up close and personal with a manatee or two. (Check out Carol Grant’s tips for photographing them in DPG’s Big Animals Guide.) But when record numbers showed up on Monday, February 2nd—over 300 individuals—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to close a one-acre plot to swimmers and kayakers. This is where manatees like to hang out when the weather’s cold and the tide is high.

According to Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide at the Springs, it was a record of overwhelming proportions: “We have 150 more manatees here than have ever been recorded in the past.” She says that the oversized congregation may be due to habitat loss in other parts of the state, or as a result of greater protection measures having a positive effect on numbers.

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