Manatees stranded due to Irma

Manatees stranded due to Irma

Residents in the Sarasota area posted photos on social media Sunday showing a pair of manatees that had been beached when the oncoming Hurricane Irma caused the tide to recede in advance of its arrival in the area.

Walking along hundreds of yards of new shoreline, they came upon two manatees stranded "deep in mud", including one that wasn't moving, reports Fox 13.

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", said Sechler. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety posted a picture on its Facebook page of an injured pelican rescued by officers Sunday afternoon.

Marcelo Clavijo, who joined in on the rescue mission, said: "It was a pretty cool experience". "We just let nature take its course".

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

"We had to do something about it", said Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota.

"Believe me, we tried to move them", Sechler wrote. "But between [the manatees] weighing over 500lbs and being stranded in nearly mud-like sand, we couldn't make it happen." .

"We rolled each one on to a tarp and pulled them back into the channel and both swam off", he told HuffPost. "So we went for a ride and ended up saving two manatees", Clavejo posted on Facebook.

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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