Good Samaritans rescue manatees stranded in waterless Florida bay

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Fortunately, local wildlife officials stepped in to help move the animals onto tarps and dragged them 100 yards to a nearby channel.

But, as Hurricane Irma made its way up the west coast of Florida, it pushed water away from the beaches north of the hurricane center. He saw the water had receded and saw two manatees on the flats.

"It shows what people can do when they come together".

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 had to do something about it", said Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota. "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there". So they turned to social media.

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

Clavijo posted a video on Facebook showing the team of rescuers struggling to move one of the big manatees with their basic tools.

"We're not actually intervening at this point [in most instances]", Gordon said.

The FWC suggests that no one try moving beached or injured manatees themselves, because they are state and federally protected species.

"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." .

According to Fox 13, law enforcement joined the rescue effort but eventually directed everyone to safety as the storm approached.

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