Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

Stranded Manatees in Sarasota, Florida Saved

Great job today by Deputies Mizner and Hart as they helped rescue two Manatees that were stranded in receding water. "That is an offshore wind that is pushing water back into the Gulf of Mexico", said meteorologist Leigh Spann in Tampa on Florida's west coast.

A group of Florida residents came across two beached manatees Sunday afternoon in a bay that had dried up as a result of Hurricane Irma. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them".

Michael Sechler, who shared images of the beached animals on Facebook, said he noticed them suffering while he and a group of friends were driving near the bay in Manatee County.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 [yards]".

"So we went for a ride and ended up saving two manatees", Clavijo posted on Facebook.

A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter
A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter

The friends tried to clear mud away from one of the animal's face and tried to fill the small area with water.

"It was a pretty cool experience", Marcelo Clavijo wrote in his post, which included a video and a series of photos.

Nadia Gordon, a marine biologist with the Florida Wildlife Commission, says the FWC has received several reports of stranded manatees in the county, according to The Bradenton Herald.

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".

"Unfortunately with manatees, they are accustomed to being tidally stranded at times", Gordon said.

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