Residents rescue manatees stranded by Irma

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

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

The animals were in "knee-deep mud" when Marcelo Clavijo's group discovered them Sunday afternoon. Between law enforcement officials and a group of citizens, the manatees - stranded, of course, in Manatee County - were rescued and carried back into deeper water, Fox 13 reported.

The entire thing was caught on video. Hurricane Irma and an unusual low tide pushed water out over 100 yards.

Hurricane Irma has caused colossal storm surges across Florida, but it has also deprived other areas of 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.

Resident Michael Sechler posted on Facebook that he went out to the bay and saw two objects lying where the water had receded.

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.

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

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

Nadia Gordon, a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the Bradenton Herald that they are "not actually intervening at this point".

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

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