Stranded manatees rescued as Hurricane Irma sucks away Florida shores

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

"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. The water sloshing back onshore will add an additional one to two feet to the storm surge, according to meteorologist John Scalzi.

He and a group of people, including law enforcement, were able to roll the bulky sea cows onto a tarp and drag them 100 yards to open water. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety posted a picture on its Facebook page of an injured pelican rescued by officers Sunday afternoon.

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

"It was a pretty cool experience", Marcelo Clavijo wrote in his post, which included a video and a series of photos.

The friends tried to clear mud away from one of the animal's face and tried to fill the small area with water.

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He said, "We don't want anybody to risk their lives; they were trying to do the right thing but it's not worth it".

The viral Facebook post has more than 96,000 likes and 68,000 shares.

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An official with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said the organization received multiple reports about the stranded manatees. Yet "we couldn't just let those manatees die out there", Tony Faradini-Campos tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them.

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At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day. Hurricane Irma , one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a Category 5 storm.

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

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