Before Hurricane Irma even made landfall in Florida, the storm’s strong winds paired with the receding tide pushed so much water out to sea at such a fast rate, that some animals were caught stranded in the mud.
Two manatees were among those affected. Luckily, kind passersby knew they couldn’t just let the sea cows die, left exposed to Irma’s wrath.
Banding together, they tried to hoist the mammals up and out to sea, but manatees weigh hundreds of pounds, and their efforts were futile.
Michael Sechler wrote on Facebook, “#Irma has started here in Florida. 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. One wasn’t moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes. My friends and I couldn’t move these massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of, but no one answered. We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them.”
But before long, more help came!
In a Facebook update, Marcelo Clavijo wrote: “Getting a lil stir crazy so we went for a ride and Went to check the bay at the end of Whitfield the tide was sucking the bay dry which stranded 2 manatees on the flats so we went for a ride and ended up saving 2 manatees with a hand full of people and 2 of manatees finest that were knee deep in mud right next to us it was a pretty cool experience”
Marcelo and a few other people “rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yrds” out to sea.
Posted by Marcelo Clavijo on Sunday, September 10, 2017
And their rescue mission worked!
Marcelo said both manatees swam off into the waters, presumably thankful for the kindness of their fellow Floridians.
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