Group saves 2 manatees stranded as Irma sucks water from Sarasota Bay

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Several people posted photos Sunday of the mammals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond.

Associated Press

TAMPA — Two manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked water out of Sarasota Bay, located in Florida’s Manatee County.

Several people posted photos Sunday of the mammals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond. Michael Sechler posted that the animals were far too massive to be lifted, so the rescuers gave them water.

Marcelo Clavijo posted that a group of people eventually loaded the manatees onto tarps and were able to drag them to deeper water.

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