Hurricane Irma: Manatees marooned in drained bay saved by residents

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

An official with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said the organization received multiple reports about the stranded manatees.

Hurricane Irma has pushed water out of a bay in Tampa, but forecasters are telling people not to venture out there, because it's going to return with a potentially deadly vengeance.

Storm surges caused by the hurricane saw water sucked out of bays and canals, while other areas normally above sea level were flooded.

Michael Sechler posted that the animals, known as sea cows, were far too massive to be lifted, so they gave them water.

Marcelo Clavijo posted on Facebook that he and his friends were getting restless holed up waiting for Hurricane Irma to arrive, so they made a decision to explore the area Sunday afternoon one last time before the storm hits.

Local Floridian, Marcelo Clavejo, was feeling restless because of the storm and happened to check out the bay when he noticed the helpless manatees.

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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

He and his buddies, along with two sheriff's deputies, "ended up saving two manatees", Clavijo wrote on Facebook.

The manatees were stuck in the mud about 100 yards from deeper water, near Whitfield Avenue and U.S. Route 41 in Manatee County, Florida, the Bradenton Herald reported.

Clavejo said the rescue was a "pretty cool experience" and he was happy to rescue two of "manatees finest".

Gordon says it's not uncommon for the manatees to be tidally stranded and that it's better not to move them.

"We had to do something about it", said Tony Faradini-Campos of Sarasota.

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