Two stranded manatees rescued after as Irma sucks water from Sarasota Bay

East County's Nina Toby James and Noah Klepek gather their belongings before entering an emergency shelter at Carlos E. Haile Middle School

Residents managed to roll the manatees onto a green tarp and slide them "100 yards" to where the bay had receded, according to Clavijo's post.

A full-grown manatee can weigh in the neighborhood of 1,000 pounds, so moving one is no small task. "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there".

Once such case: Florida residents recently came together to help two stranded manatees. "My friends and I couldn't move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered". Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida, saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them.

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon said. "We shared the pictures on social media and it just blew up".

Several people posted photos Sunday of the mammals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond.

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

In a Facebook post, Michale Sechler said he went to the bay with some friends to check out the phenomenon when they noticed two large objects lying in the mud.

He later told local news channel Fox 13 that the sea cows swam off after they pulled them all the way to the water.

"Unfortunately with manatees, they are accustomed to being tidally stranded at times", Gordon said.

The Bradenton Herald said that people should not attempt to move manatees themselves because they are protected at the state and federal levels.




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