See Hundreds of Manatees Shelter in Florida Spring

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — How many warm, happy manatees does it take to close a national landmark? About 300, if you’re in Three Sisters Spring at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

No room for anyone else once the hundreds of manatees gathered to float, rest, and stay warm at the refuge.

The National Wildlife Refuge had to close Monday while the manatees hang out and try to stay warm.

Credit: Dept. of the Interior

Credit: Dept. of the Interior

“As of 5 PM on Monday, February 8, 2016, the Refuge has closed Three Sisters Springs due to high numbers of manatees in the springs, those entering the spring as the tide floods, and the expected influx of more manatees currently holed up in Idiots Delight. “

We knew it was Florida the minute we heard ‘300 manatees close a national landmark,’ but we didn’t know the story was going to be this sweet. Good job with this one, Florida.

Okay, the part about where the other manatees are holed up — a spring called Idiots Delight — that’s the Florida we know and love.