Friday, 22 September, 2017

Manatees rescued after Hurricane Irma left them stranded on Florida beach

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
Dexter Carr | 12 September, 2017, 00:16

"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes", the post read.

The manatees were left high and dry when water drained, leaving them stranded near Sarasota, a small city on Florida's west coast, around 50 miles south of Tampa. Once such case: Florida residents recently came together to help two stranded manatees.

Rescuers trudged through several inches of mud to load the hefty manatees onto tarps and dragged them to deeper water, witnesses said.

He gave the manatees water to help, he wrote.

"It was a pretty cool experience, we rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane, now back to reality of a hurricane coming", wrote Marcelo Clavijo.

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

He said, "We don't want anybody to risk their lives; they were trying to do the right thing but it's not worth it". "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there". So they turned to social media.

Photos of the manatees were shared over 10,000 times from Mr Faradini-Campos' Facebook account since the animals were spotted on Sunday. "I thought they (manatees) were done for", he said. He also asked that people stay in their homes until they're sure the storm has passed, and stay off the roads while officials work to clear threats.

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

The post was seen by Manatee County police and the Florida and Wildlife Conservation Commission who turned up to the area and rescued the animals.

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