With the cooler temperatures West Volusia has experienced as of late, hundreds of manatees flocked to the spring run at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City Jan. 22 to take refuge in the constant 72-degree water that flows from the spring.

Blue Spring is a favorite winter home for hordes of the large marine mammals, who have trouble surviving in water under 68 degrees, according to information on the park’s website.

Despite their chubby appearance, manatees only have about an inch of fat on their bodies, and a very slow metabolism.

Some 449 manatees were counted in the spring run Jan. 22, according to the Save the Manatee Club.