Beached Manatees Rescued From Low Tide In Wake of Hurricane Irma

East County's Nina Toby James and Noah Klepek gather their belongings before entering an emergency shelter at Carlos E. Haile Middle School

When Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay on Sunday afternoon, it left a couple of manatees high and dry.

Marcelo Clavijo was also part of the group of people who helped save the manatees.

A few residents in the area came to the rescue, placing them on a large green tarp and pulling them more than 100 yards back into the water.

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 entire thing was caught on video.

A group of friends came upon a pair of stranded manatees and tried desperately to save them.

"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes".

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Winds carried by Irma caused waters in that area to recede completely, leaving the manatee and another one beached on a muddy patch of grass surrounded by shallow puddles.

Michael Sechler wrote of how he had to call in for help after seeing the creatures as they were too heavy to move back out to deeper water. "I thought they (manatees) were done for", he said.

Photos of the manatees were shared over 10,000 times from Mr Faradini-Campos' Facebook account since the animals were spotted on Sunday.

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"By this time, people should have already completed most of their preparations and gotten out of the way", said Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.

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

We can only imagine how scared the manatees were...

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The manatees weren't the only animals to be rescued so far in Florida as the state suffers Irma's wrath.

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