Floridians rescue stranded manatees as Irma sucks water from shores


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

Some of those stunned and curious residents walked into the vast patches of sand and underwater growth that used to be the bay—a dangerous thing to do, given the water would rush back. But manatees caught on land were lucky those residents wandered out. 

Floridians spotted beached sea cows and helped get them back to the bay.

Manatees stranded in Sarasota#Irma storm surge sucked the water away. Man who took these gave us permission to use.,So Sad @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/8JaMj58qxH

— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) September 10, 2017

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