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

11 September 2017

The manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, in Manatee County.

People were posting photos of the manatees on social media Sunday, trying to get the attention of wildlife workers who might be able to respond, according to The Associated Press.

"A lot of times they are out of the water and they are going to be ok, as long as they stay cool", Norris said. As Irma approaches, the offshore winds, moving counter-clockwise, push the water out.

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

But it turns out the manatees didn't need the storm surge after all.

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

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Great job today by Deputies Mizner and Hart as they helped rescue two Manatees that were stranded in receding water.

"We rolled each one on to a tarp and pulled them back into the channel and both swam off", he told HuffPost.

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon said. "We couldn't just let those manatees die out there".

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The Bradenton Herald said that people should not attempt to move manatees themselves because they are protected at the state and federal levels.

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