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Florida residents attempt to rescue manatees stranded by effects of Hurricane Irma

12 September 2017

Two manatees were beached along Florida's Sarasota Bay when Hurricane Irma sucked water from their usual home and left them stranded in knee-high mud. Sechler said he posted pictures of the stranded manatees hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond.

A few residents in the area came to the rescue, placing them on a large green tarp and pulling them more than 100 yards back into the water.

Several good Samaritans, including two Manatee County Sheriff's deputies, ignored the urgent warning to rescue a pair of beached sea cows in the emptied Sarasota Bay.

A full-grown manatee can weigh in the neighborhood of 1,000 pounds, so moving one is no small task.

They then tried to call local authorities and animal services to help but received no answer.

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

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 'tees reportedly "swam off" once they were back in the ocean and hopefully have a strong enough constitution to shake off such a harrowing experience.

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

"So we went for a ride and ended up saving two manatees", he wrote.

Perhaps nothing illustrates that better than a still photograph taken by Michael Sechler, which shows a manatee stranded near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

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Florida residents attempt to rescue manatees stranded by effects of Hurricane Irma