Hurricane Irma leaves manatees stranded in Manatee County

East County's Nina Toby James and Noah Klepek gather their belongings before entering an emergency shelter at Carlos E. Haile Middle School

East County's Nina Toby James and Noah Klepek gather their belongings before entering an emergency shelter at Carlos E. Haile Middle School

As Hurricane Irma rumbled up Florida's west coast, it drained water from the state's shores, leaving residents stunned and manatees stranded.

The storm is expected to bring 6-10 feet of storm surge, 6-12 inches of rain and a lot of debris, according to McCrane.

"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.

"We actually reached out to some friends who work for the county that ended up going out there and rescuing them", Michael Sechler, one of the passersby who discovered the manatees, told HuffPost.

After becoming restless, Marcelo Clavejo checked out the bay near Whitfield where he noticed the manatees on the flats. Clavijo wrote on Facebook that he came across the sea cows after he was getting "stir crazy" from the storm.

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

"It was a pretty cool experience", Clavijo posted. "We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 [yards]".

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.

"By this time, people should have already completed most of their preparations and gotten out of the way", said Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.

"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.

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