About 300 manatees swam into Florida’s Three Sister Springs on Monday, prompting the temporary closure of the one-acre plot of water to swimming and kayaking.
Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide at the Springs, told USA Today that manatees like to congregate in the area during cold weather and when it is high tide. She said the area reopened on Tuesday, but will close again when the mammals return to the interior of the springs during high tide.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued the temporary closure of Three Sisters Springs after manatee watch volunteers initially counted a total of 293 manatees on Monday afternoon.
Ruettiman attributed the rise in numbers to greater protection in the area and to habitat loss in other parts of the state. “We have a record number this year,” she said. “We have 150 more manatees here than have ever been recorded in the past.”
- Inside the Massive Effort to Change the Way Kids Are Taught to Read
- Dubai's Real Estate Market is Booming. One Company is Making It Possible to Invest From Anywhere in the World
- How to Exercise When It's Really Hot Outside
- A New Documentary Sheds Light on a Pivotal Movement in Asian American History
- Far From Home: Afghan Women are Attempting to Build New Lives Abroad
- What Experts Say About How Valuable The Inflation Reduction Act's Green Subsidies Will Be
- What to Know About Long COVID in Kids
- Want to Do More Good? This Movement Might Have the Answer