Stranded manatees rescued as Hurricane Irma sucks away Florida shores

Saul Bowman
September 12, 2017

Another Floridian, Marcelo Clavijo, also said he helped in the rescue of the manatees.

A group of locals are being hailed as heroes for coming to the rescue of a pair of manatees left stranded and running out of time after Hurricane Irma drained the waterways around Tampa Bay, Florida on Sunday.

However, he said the commission is anxious that the manatees could end up in areas where they naturally wouldn't once the tide comes back, but he doesn't think they will get injured.

Clavijo's post has gotten more than 30,000 shares and received an outpouring of praise for the rescue mission.

The animals were stuck in mud 100 yards away from deep water near Whitfield Avenue in Manatee County.

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

Dave Bristow, a public information officer for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, tells NPR that it was "a bit of a lull" for law enforcement as the department waited for the hurricane to arrive. "They are really heavy".

"Went out to the bay and saw two objects out where the water receded, so we took off our shoes and walked out through the shells to find two beached manatees", Sechler wrote.

A full-grown manatee can weigh in the neighborhood of 1,000 pounds, so moving one is no small task. "After the storm center passes Tampa, the wind will change from offshore to onshore and push water and large ocean surface waves onshore", said Shuyi Chen, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

It's a phenomenon sometimes called "hurricane bulge".

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