Manatees left high and dry by Irma rescued

12 September, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Ora Austin
  • East County's Nina Toby James and Noah Klepek gather their belongings before entering an emergency shelter at Carlos E. Haile Middle School

But once the eye passes and the wind reverses, the water will rush back in.

As a result, two manatees found themselves stranded on now-dry land just north of Sarasota. "My friends and I couldn't move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered", said Sechler.

Forecasters warned gawkers to stay clear of the exposed beach, warning that at least 10 to 15-feet of a "life-threatening storm surge" could return at any moment, according to the U.S. Hurricane Center. 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.

The Facebook post has been liked more than 63,000 times and has more than 49,000 shares on the social media site.

A few residents in the area came to the rescue, placing them on a large green tarp and pulling them more than 100 yards back into the water. "They both swam off".

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 Clavijo posted video and photos on Facebook describing the scene.

Winds carried by Irma caused waters in that area to recede completely, leaving the manatee and another one beached on a muddy patch of grass surrounded by shallow puddles.

Two Manatee County deputies and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came to the bay to help the rescue effort, the Herald-Tribune reported.

"We just let nature take its course", Gordon said.

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