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Floridians rescue stranded manatees as Irma sucks water from shores

Floridians rescue stranded manatees as Irma sucks water from shores

The U.S. Hurricane Center has sent out an urgent alert warning of a "life-threatening storm surge inundation of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) above ground level" and telling people to "MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!".

Two manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, in Florida's Manatee County.

Two manatees in the aptly named Manatee County, Florida, got caught in the extremely low tide caused by the storm's forces on Sunday.

He said he and "a couple of Manatee's finest" went into knee-deep mud, rolled the manatees onto a tarp and dragged them 100 yards back into the water.

The manatees were spotted in an area that is usually filled with water.

"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.

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

"We took off our shoes and walked out through the shells to find two beached manatees", Sechler wrote. "We shared the pictures on social media and it just blew up". The video has already been watched more than 5 million times.

McCrane asked that tonight, people identify a "safe room" in their homes or shelter, and that they meet in that room as they start feeling the major affects of the storm.

"Unfortunately with manatees, they are accustomed to being tidally stranded at times", Gordon said, adding that females can beach themselves during mating season for a break.

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

"We had to do something about it", local resident Tony Faradini-Campos told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The manatees weren't the only animals to be rescued so far in Florida as the state suffers Irma's wrath.

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Six police officers and 32 other people were injured, none seriously, in the clashes, said a fire department official in Seongju. The U.S. and South Korea should "immediately stop the deployment process and withdraw relevant equipment", Geng said.



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