Stranded manatees rescued as Hurricane Irma sucks away Florida shores

Stranded manatees rescued as Hurricane Irma sucks away Florida shores

Stranded manatees rescued as Hurricane Irma sucks away Florida shores

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

The storm sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, on Florida's Gulf Coast, leaving some manatees stuck in the mud.

Nadia Gordon, marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said his office has received several reports of stranded manatees in the county, but it isn't intervening.

The group of friends used tarps to try to move the animals back into the water.

Thanks to their quick thinking, the manatees, caught in the sudden and brutal effects of Irma, were able to swim away from their predicament unscathed.

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

Resident Michael Sechler posted on Facebook that he went out to the bay and saw two objects lying where the water had receded. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them".

"We had to do something about it", said Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota. "We just let nature take its course". So they turned to social media. Marcelo shared photos and video from the rescue and they have since gone viral, with over 75,000 shares and 108,000 "likes" to the post.

McCrane asked that tonight, people identify a "safe room" in their homes or shelter, and that they meet in that room as they start feeling the major affects of the storm.

The manatees weren't the only animals to be rescued so far in Florida as the state suffers Irma's wrath. "Unfortunately with manatees, they are accustomed to being tidally stranded at times".

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