Floridians Come Together to Save Manatees Stranded in Mud by Hurricane Irma

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida, saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them.

Faradini-Campos wrote on Facebook that the manatees were successfully moved to deeper water. "We were advised just to get out of the bay for our safety" before the storm waters came rushing back in.

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.

The stranded manatees are being picked up in tarps and returned to the water as they are reported. Rescue a few manatees, naturally.

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

Marcelo Clavijo posted photos and videos to Facebook showing members of the community and two deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office - identified by the department's official Twitter account as Deputies Mizner and Hart - helping the manatees reach the water.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane", Clavijo explained. "They both swam off", Clavijo told FOX 13 about the happy ending to this rescue.

While moving the manatees might have been well-intended, Brian Norris, a public information officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said people should not place themselves in danger to try to save marine wildlife during inclement weather.

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon told the local newspaper Bradenton Herald. "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there".

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