Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Manatees rescued by Florida locals after Hurricane Irma leaves them stranded

People rescue manatees stuck in bay drained by Irma Heroic Florida Residents Help Rescue Manatees Stranded by Irma (PHOTOS)
Christy Curtis | 13 September, 2017, 00:38

In Florida more than 3 million people already are without electricity as Irma, downgraded to a Category 1 storm, blanketed the state and plowed north toward Jacksonville and the Georgia and Alabama coasts.

"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes", Sechler said in a Facebook post.

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 come soon enough to save them", he said.

"We had to do something about it", Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. So they turned to social media. 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.

People rescue manatees stuck in bay drained by Irma

â–ºMake it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Wildlife officials and two Manatee County sheriff's deputies eventually responded and helped move the manatees onto tarps so they could be dragged to deep water.

"It shows what people can do when they come together".

Rescuers save a manatee beached during Hurricane Irma. Locals who had stayed behind noticed several manatees stranded in the mud and proceeded to rescue the marine mammals.

Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them.

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