Stranded by Irma, manatees get rescued by bystanders and deputies

Stranded by Irma, manatees get rescued by bystanders and deputies

Stranded by Irma, manatees get rescued by bystanders and deputies

A pair of manatees were almost victims of the deadly Hurricane Irma after the storm left them stranded on a dried-out ocean floor. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them".

He said he and "a couple of Manatee's finest" went into knee-deep mud, rolled the manatees onto a tarp and dragged them 100 yards back into the water.

The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma's path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding.

They then tried to call local authorities and animal services to help but received no answer.

However, he said the commission is anxious that the manatees could end up in areas where they naturally wouldn't once the tide comes back, but he doesn't think they will get injured. "At the same time, some locations may be experiencing the effects of the hurricane 'bulge.' In the center of the storm, where the pressure is lowest and winds are converging, water piles up", writes Angela Fritz, an atmospheric scientist and deputy weather editor at The Washington Post.

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

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.

Perhaps nothing illustrates that better than a still photograph taken by Michael Sechler, which shows a manatee stranded near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

"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.

When helped back to deeper waters, both manatees "swam off", Clavijo told Fox 13.

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