Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

A group of locals are being hailed as heroes for coming to the rescue of a pair of manatees left stranded and running out of time after Hurricane Irma drained the waterways around Tampa Bay, Florida on Sunday.

Some of those stunned and curious residents walked into the vast patches of sand and underwater growth that used to be the bay-a risky thing to do, given the water would rush back. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety posted a picture on its Facebook page of an injured pelican rescued by officers Sunday afternoon. But manatees caught on land were lucky those residents wandered out. Although the wind temporarily removed water from the area, it returned with strength.

Michael Sechler wrote of how he had to call in for help after seeing the creatures as they were too heavy to move back out to deeper water.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 [yards]". Yet "we couldn't just let those manatees die out there", Tony Faradini-Campos tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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

"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes".

People in Florida have teamed up to save two beached manatees who had become stranded as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Nadia Gordon, marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said his office has received several reports of stranded manatees in the county, but it isn't intervening.

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