Florida residents attempt to rescue manatees stranded by effects of Hurricane Irma

Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded

No one should try moving the manatees themselves, as they are a state and federally protected species.

The storm sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, on Florida's Gulf Coast, leaving some manatees stuck in the mud. A group of "stir crazy" friends ventured out of a shelter in Sarasota on Sunday to find Sarasota Bay emptied of water that was pulled into Irma's eyewall, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Thanks to their quick thinking, the manatees, caught in the sudden and brutal effects of Irma, were able to swim away from their predicament unscathed.

A friend of Mr Sechler, Tony Faradini-Campos, said that he and the group spotted two "blobs" lying on the sand which would usually be submerged with water.

"We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them", he added.

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

"Normally, if we have to move a manatee, we would use a sling similar to the way you've probably seen dolphins moved", Cover says.

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

... "We shared the pictures on social media and it just blew up".

Marcelo Clavijo posted video and photos on Facebook describing the scene.

"A lot of times they are out of the water and they are going to be OK, as long as they stay cool", Norris said. He also asked that people stay in their homes until they're sure the storm has passed, and stay off the roads while officials work to clear threats.

"We're not actually intervening at this point", Gordon said.

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