Floridians rescue stranded manatees as Irma sucks water from shores

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Floridians rescue stranded manatees as Irma sucks water from shores

As Hurricane Irma charged up Florida's west coast Sunday afternoon, it sucked up water along the way, draining waterways and bays.

And on the island, where Irma made its second landfall of the day - dumping heavy rains and bringing a storm surge ashore - a catfish was seen swimming down a street.

No one should try moving the manatees themselves, as they are a state and federally protected species.

Resident Michael Sechler posted on Facebook that he went out to the bay and saw two objects lying where the water had receded.

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

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

Another Floridian, Marcelo Clavijo, also posted about finding the manatees, saying the group put the animals onto tarps and dragged them into the water. After the photos of the manatees were shared more than 6,000 times, Sarasota County and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took notice and came to the rescue of the huge sea cows, reports the Atlanta Journal-Courier.

"It was a pretty cool experience", Clavijo wrote.

"When the tide comes back in, we do have concerns of manatees ending up in areas where they naturally wouldn't", Gordon said, adding that she doesn't think the manatees will be injured.

Tony Foradini-Campos on Facebook said the FWC and Sarasota County were able to come out and help save the manatees. "I thought they (manatees) were done for", he said.

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".

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