Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

Kristopher Drake
September 12, 2017

As coastal Florida residents discovered Sunday, one of the strangest side effects of Hurricane Irma was the way the storm drained seawaters away from shorelines, leaving huge mud flats behind where water used to be. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety posted a picture on its Facebook page of an injured pelican rescued by officers Sunday afternoon. "My friends and I couldn't move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered", Michael Sechler wrote on Facebook and Instagram.

Clavijo said they got the manatees onto a tarp and dragged them 100 feet.

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

A pair of manatees apparently were also caught off guard and found themselves stranded by the rapid retreat of waters in the bay.

Clavijo's post has since been shared more than 70,000 times.

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

He later told local news channel Fox 13 that the sea cows swam off after they pulled them all the way to the water.

Nadia Gordon, a marine biologist with the Florida Wildlife Commission, says the FWC has received several reports of stranded manatees in the county, according to The Bradenton Herald.

"We took off our shoes and walked out through the shells to find two beached manatees", Sechler wrote.

"But between [the manatees] weighing over 500 lbs. and being stranded in nearly mud-like sand, we couldn't make it happen".

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

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