Hurricane Irma leaves manatees stranded in Manatee County
Sep 12 2017
Another person who spotted the mammals said he joined a community rescue effort in which several people eventually rolled the manatees onto tarps and then dragged them about 100 yards into the water.
"It was a pretty cool experience, we rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane, now back to reality of a hurricane coming", wrote Marcelo Clavijo.
The entire thing was caught on video.
"Believe me, we tried to move them", wrote Sechler's friend, Steven Reisinger, in his own Facebook post.
After becoming restless, Marcelo Clavejo checked out the bay near Whitfield where he noticed the manatees on the flats.
Clavijo pronounced it: "a pretty cool experience".
Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
Great job today by Deputies Mizner and Hart as they helped rescue two Manatees that were stranded in receding water.
Storm surges caused by the hurricane saw water sucked out of bays and canals, while other areas normally above sea level were flooded. Although the wind temporarily removed water from the area, it returned with strength.
Clavijo's post has gotten more than 30,000 shares and received an outpouring of praise for the rescue mission.
Tony Foradini-Campos on Facebook said the FWC and Sarasota County were able to come out and help save the manatees.
"We just let nature take its course", she said. He also asked that people stay in their homes until they're sure the storm has passed, and stay off the roads while officials work to clear threats. "Unfortunately with manatees, they are accustomed to being tidally stranded at times".