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Hurricane Irma Strands Manatees in Sarasota Bay, Florida
By Joanna Lentini, September 11, 2017 @ 01:20 PM (EST)
Source: ABC News

 

Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma made its way north through the state of Florida bringing with it strong winds, tornados, and flooding. As thousands evacuated the state, many stayed behind to ride out the storm. While most hopefully made it to safety, wildlife in the region was not so fortunate.

As the storm approached Sarasota Bay in southwestern Florida, it pulled the water from the bay out to sea—leaving fields of mud in its wake. Locals who had stayed behind noticed several manatees stranded in the mud and proceeded to rescue the marine mammals. Manatees are slow-moving mammals which prefer shallow waters. They can be found along the coasts of the southeastern United States.

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