Hurricane Irma strands manatees on beach — until Floridians come to the rescue

As Hurricane Irma recharged Florida’ s west coast Weekend afternoon, it sucked up drinking water along the way, depleting waterways and bays .

Consequently, two manatees found themselves stuck on now-dry land just northern of Sarasota.

“ Went out to the these types of and saw two objects out there where the water receded so we became popular our shoes and walked away through the shells to find two beached manatees, ” Michael Sechler published in a Facebook post Weekend afternoon that has since been distributed more than 3, 300 times.

“ A single wasn’ t moving, the other has been breathing and had water in its eye, ” Sechler continued. “ My buddies and I couldn’ t move these types of massive animals ourselves, and we known as every service we could think of, yet no one answered. We gave all of them as much water as we could, wishing the rain and storm rise [would] come quickly enough to save them. ”

But it turns out the manatees didn’ t need the storm rise after all. Between law enforcement officials and a number of citizens, the manatees – stuck, of course , in Manatee County – were rescued and carried back in deeper water, Fox 13 reported .

One more Floridian, Marcelo Clavijo, also mentioned he helped in the rescue from the manatees. Clavijo  wrote on Facebook   that  he came across the sea cows after he was getting “ stir crazy” from the storm.

“ It had been a pretty cool experience, ” Clavijo said in a post that has been contributed more than 30, 000 times. “ We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a hundred [yards]. ”

When helped to deeper waters, both manatees “ swam off, ” Clavijo informed Fox 13.


Nadia Gordon, a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish plus Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the Bradenton Herald that while the particular commission has received several reviews of beached manatees, they are “ not actually intervening at this point. ”

“ Unfortunately with manatees, they are familiar with being tidally stranded at times, ” Gordon said, adding that women can beach themselves during mating season for a break.

“ We simply let nature take its training course, ” she said.

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