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Hundreds of manatees have been flocking to Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River for its warm waters.
"Here in Crystal River, we have the most ideal place for them. They get cold when the water drops below 68 degrees in the Gulf. This is where they come," said visitor services specialist Ivan Vicente.
Sometimes up to 500 or more can be seen just below the water's surface.
"We have animals that come as far from Texas, Alabama, Louisiana. That's summer over there. They come here in the winter months," Vicente said.
New video captured by a volunteer at Three Sisters Springs is going viral. It shows a manatee making a snack out of some Spanish moss.
"There's not much for them to eat in the springs, but when it's high tide, they can reach elevation points where there's vegetation," explained Vicente. "This is a secret that has become open to the world and many people come here to witness the magical connection between the manatees and the springs.'
This Saturday, there will be a free opportunity to see the manatees at Three Sister's Springs, from 9 to 3 p.m. at a special open house.
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