Manatees Stranded When Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Out Of Bay

People rescue manatees stuck in bay drained by Irma

People rescue manatees stuck in bay drained by Irma

Two manatees in the aptly named Manatee County, Florida, got caught in the extremely low tide caused by the storm's forces on Sunday. It was an "absolutely amazing" rescue and "shows what people can do when they come together", says Faradini-Campos.

An adult dolphin was also found washed on shore, and several people helped carry it to the ocean.

In a Facebook post, Michale Sechler said he went to the bay with some friends to check out the phenomenon when they noticed two large objects lying in the mud.

"We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them", he said.

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon told the local newspaper Bradenton Herald.

People rescue manatees stuck in bay drained by Irma
Manatees Stranded When Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Out Of Bay

"Normally, if we have to move a manatee, we would use a sling similar to the way you've probably seen dolphins moved", Cover says. "We shared the pictures on social media and it just blew up".

"I was amazed how many people started sharing the story".

Another Facebook user, Marcelo Clavijo, later said that he and two Manatee County Sheriff's deputies helped move the manatees about 100 yards closer to the water.

Intrigued, Marcelo Clavijo and several friends went out for a drive to take in the unusual sight of an empty bay. Now that Irma has passed through Sarasota, the manatees and their rescuers can expect more peaceful seas.

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