CITIZENS RESCUE MANATEES LEFT IN MUD BY IRMA [watch]

CITIZENS RESCUE MANATEES LEFT IN MUD BY IRMA [watch]

CITIZENS RESCUE MANATEES LEFT IN MUD BY IRMA [watch]

Residents of Sarasota banded together to help a pair of manatees return to the ocean after they were stranded in mud after Hurricane Irma left them there.

The manatees were left stranded in Florida’s Sarasota Bay after Hurricane Irma caused the tide to go out, leaving the bay unusually low. After the animals were discovered, posts were placed on social media, and a group came together to help rescue them.

“One wasn’t moving and the other was breathing and had water in its eyes. My friends and I couldn’t move the massive animals ourselves, and we called every service we could think of and no one answered,” said Michael Sechler, who posted this info on Instagram along with a picture of the two manatees.

Soon a large group of people came together to roll the large manatees onto tarps, then dragged them 100 yards through mud to get them back to the water.

Marcelo Clavijo described it as a “pretty neat experience,” adding, “now back to the reality of the hurricane.

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