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Hurricane Irma: Charlotte County shelters are full, more opened in Sarasota County

Massive manatees dragged 100 yards to safety as Irma drains bay Michael Sechler Facebook
Kenny Thornton | 11 September, 2017, 06:05

Hurricane Irma not only brought rain and risky wind speeds to Florida's Gulf Coast, but it displaced some of the area's marine mammals.

According to Marcelo Clavijo, who posted pictures and videos of the rescue to Facebook, the manatees were found in knee deep mud at the end of Whitfield in a bay in Florida.

When Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay on Sunday afternoon, it left a couple of manatees high and dry.

"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes", Sechler continued. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them".

Florida residents rescue manatees stranded by a low tide.

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

The Tampa Bay Times reports police cleared the seabed of brazen beachgoers ahead of Irma's arrival.

He told a local Fox station that both manatees "swam off" once they were again surrounded by water.

The Bradenton Herald said that people should not attempt to move manatees themselves because they are protected at the state and federal levels.

"That is why we wanted people out of harm's way in safe locations", he said.

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