Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Floridians Rescue Trapped Manatees after Irma Sucks Water out of Bay

Floridians Rescue Trapped Manatees after Irma Sucks Water out of Bay

Photos of the manatees were shared over 10,000 times from Mr Faradini-Campos' Facebook account since the animals were spotted on Sunday.

Hurricane Irma has already claimed at least four lives, as it batters Florida, having earlier killed 28 people in the Caribbean.

Another Floridian, Marcelo Clavijo, also said he helped in the rescue of the manatees.

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

However, he said the commission is anxious that the manatees could end up in areas where they naturally wouldn't once the tide comes back, but he doesn't think they will get injured.

Clavijo posted additional photos of the rescue effort and said, "I$3 t was a pretty cool experience, we rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yrds it was insane, now back to [the] reality of a hurricane coming".

The deputies, which had no special training, "just used common sense", Bristow says.

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One of the stranded manatees was found in shallow pools of water in Sarasota Bay.

"Under normal circumstances, they would never beach themselves voluntarily, so it's an animal that could be compromised by a situation like this", Jack Cover, general curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, tells NPR.

Nadia Gordon, a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the Bradenton Herald that while the commission has received several reports of beached manatees, they are "not actually intervening at this point". Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida, saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them.

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Hurricane Irma sucks the water from the shoreline as the offshore winds blow.

It's a phenomenon sometimes called "hurricane bulge".

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