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Heroic Florida Residents Help Rescue Manatees Stranded by Irma

Heroic Florida Residents Help Rescue Manatees Stranded by Irma

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

Michael Sechler wrote of how he had to call in for help after seeing the creatures as they were too heavy to move back out to deeper water.

Of all the destructive impacts of a hurricane, with its life-threatening storm surges and massive flooding, the sudden lack of aquatic habitat is not a typical concern.

"We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them", he wrote.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane", Clavijo explained. "So we went for a ride and ended up saving two manatees", Clavejo posted on Facebook.

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

The stranded manatees are being picked up in tarps and returned to the water as they are reported.

Clavijo pronounced it: "a pretty cool experience". 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. "They both swam off".

An official with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said the organization received multiple reports about the stranded manatees.

The shorelines drained as if the water had been sucked away, leaving two manatees stranded in what looked like a muddy field.

"Normally, if we have to move a manatee, we would use a sling similar to the way you've probably seen dolphins moved", Cover says.


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