Beached Manatees Rescued From Low Tide In Wake of Hurricane Irma

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Several good Samaritans jumped into action after Irma sucked the water from Sarasota Bay leaving several manatees stranded and in need of help.

"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", Sechler wrote.

Another person who spotted the mammals said he joined a community rescue effort in which several people eventually rolled the manatees onto tarps and then dragged them about 100 yards into the water.

Tony Foradini-Campos on Facebook said the FWC and Sarasota County were able to come out and help save the manatees.

Marcelo shared photos and video from the rescue and they have since gone viral, with over 75,000 shares and 108,000 "likes" to the post.

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma's path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding.

A pair of manatees apparently were also caught off guard and found themselves stranded by the rapid retreat of waters in the bay.

He said, "We don't want anybody to risk their lives; they were trying to do the right thing but it's not worth it".

The Facebook post has been liked more than 63,000 times and has more than 49,000 shares on the social media site.

"It shows what people can do when they come together".

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