Manatees seek warmer water during Florida cold snap

Posted at 6:42 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 07:06:08-05

(WFLA/NBC) - When it gets cold in Florida, manatees seek warmer waters.

A large pod of sea cows were spotted Monday at a power plant in Apollo Beach along the Gulf Coast in Hillsborough County.

Every year when Tampa Bay reaches 68 degrees or colder, manatees can be seen flocking to the Big Bend Power Station.

That location is now a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary.

People gather at the viewing center to watch the sea cows every year.

Courtesy WFLA via NBC News Channel