Manatees stranded due to Irma

by Antonio Miles September 12, 2017, 0:33
Manatees stranded due to Irma

Marcelo Clavijo posted on Facebook that he and his friends were getting restless holed up waiting for Hurricane Irma to arrive, so they chose to explore the area Sunday afternoon one last time before the storm hits.

"From what I understand, the two deputies got word that these two manatees were stranded and they just went out there and did what needed to be done", Bristow says.

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The pair, stuck in knee-deep mud, were spotted by Marcelo Clavijo and several others visiting a local bay to see the effects of Irma.

A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter
A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter

"[We] rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards", he wrote.

"It was a pretty cool experience", Clavijo said in a post that has been shared more than 30,000 times. "It's not like you can nudge these guys over". Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida, saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them.

Nadia Gordon, marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said his office has received several reports of stranded manatees in the county, but it isn't intervening. "After the storm center passes Tampa, the wind will change from offshore to onshore and push water and large ocean surface waves onshore", said Shuyi Chen, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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