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Floridians rescue Manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma

Floridians rescue Manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma

Some lucky manatees were rescued by a Florida man after he took a walk because the storm caused by Hurricane Irma was driving him "stir-crazy". "As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland", said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.

The shorelines drained as if the water had been sucked away, leaving two manatees stranded in what looked like a muddy field. Michael Sechler posted that the animals were far too massive to be lifted, so they gave them water.

Footage of Tampa Bay showed a vast expanse of exposed sand, with two dogs frolicking in an area that would normally be underwater, local resident Tim Scheu said in a tweet.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane", Clavijo explained.

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

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.

Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them. "They both swam off", Clavijo told FOX 13 about the happy ending to this rescue.

Several people posted photos of the animals that were stuck on the shore Sunday during an usually low tide created just before the hurricane made its way up the Florida coast and slammed into the Sarasota region.


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