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Manatees rescued after Hurricane Irma left them stranded on Florida beach

12 September 2017

Florida rescue workers and a group of residents helped save two manatees who were left stranded on Sunday after Hurricane Irma caused water to drain from the Sarasota Bay. But manatees caught on land were lucky those residents wandered out.

He gave the manatees water to help, he wrote.

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

In a Facebook post, Michale Sechler said he went to the bay with some friends to check out the phenomenon when they noticed two large objects lying in the mud. "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there".

The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma's path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding.

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"They put some tarps under the manatees and they kind of used that as a luge and got him back out there", Faradini-Campos told the newspaper. "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.

On Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, about 100 people were walking Sunday afternoon on what was Old Tampa Bay - a body of water near downtown.

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He also warned that the water will come back soon - and residents should be cautious, since the water's return may be powerful. The water will return to Long Island, and it probably won't rush back with any great force.

According to Fox 13, law enforcement joined the rescue effort but eventually directed everyone to safety as the storm approached. He wrote on Facebook that he came across the animals near Whitfield, north of Sarasota.

They ended up at a bay on Whitfield Avenue and US 41 in Sarasota where the water had receded leading the local wildlife stranded.

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Rick Scott said nearly a quarter of the state's 20 million population - fourth largest nationwide - had been ordered to evacuate. Irma has forced millions of residents to leave their homes in one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history.

Manatees rescued after Hurricane Irma left them stranded on Florida beach