Last week, 300 manatees gathered in Three Sisters Springs on the Crystal River in Florida, enjoying the safety and warmth of the sanctuary. Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge officials closed off the area to human visitors, but shared a few photos from the manatee meetup.

Photo Credit: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Approximately 600 manatees spend the cooler months between November and March in Kings Bay and Crystal River. Three Sisters Springs is open to kayaks, canoes, and swimmers, but when manatee activity is high, as it was on Monday, February 2nd, officials close the area to humans so that the manatees can hang out undisturbed. The refuge was reopened the next day. So, what does it look like when that many manatees get together? Something like this:

Photo Credit: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex [via Neatorama]