Two manatees rescued after Irma drains Florida bay

Two manatees rescued after Irma drains Florida bay

The manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, in Manatee County.

Manatee County resident Marcelo Clavijo posted on Facebook he was going stir-crazy and chose to go for a ride when he came across a dry bay. We can't attest to the safety of all manatees, but a couple have been returned to the ocean after being beached on shore in an inspirational, hands on rescue.

A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter
A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter

Residents managed to roll the manatees onto a green tarp and slide them "100 yards" to where the bay had receded, according to Clavijo's post.

Clavijo posted a video on Facebook showing the team of rescuers struggling to move one of the big manatees with their basic tools.

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"So we took off our shoes and walked out through the shells to find two beached manatees", Sechler said.

"We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them", he said. The water moved out so fast that some of the bay's manatees found themselves stranded on the land, Fox 13 reported. So when Florida residents started sharing pictures of two stranded manatees on social media, it tugged at the heart strings of animal lovers.

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Clavejo said the rescue was a "pretty cool experience" and he was happy to rescue two of "manatees finest".

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon told the local newspaper Bradenton Herald.

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Photos of the manatees were shared over 10,000 times from Mr Faradini-Campos' Facebook account since the animals were spotted on Sunday.

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