As Hurricane Irma slowly makes its destructive route through Florida, residents are on the edge of their seats anticipating the damages that lay ahead. For folks who decided to hunker down in their homes or shelters across the storm-ravaged state, many felt helpless to the inevitable destruction that ensued.
From battered roofs to uprooted trees, nothing was safe in Irma’s path – not even creatures who live in the bay. When a few good citizens noticed two stranded manatees stuck in the mud in Manatee County, Fl, they knew they had to act fast.
The Two Manatees Were Stranded Over 100 Yards Out From The Water
“We had to do something about it,” said Florida resident Tony Faradini-Campos to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “We couldn’t just let those manatees die out there. We shared the pictures on social media and it just blew up.”
Tony Faradini-Campos Used Social Media To Get Help For The Beached Manatees
They tried to move them by themselves but weren’t successful. Thankfully after putting their message and images out on social media, help arrived by way of two Manatee County deputies and folks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Help Finally Arrived After The Message Went Viral On Social Media
Thankfully the manatees were separately rolled onto a tarp where bystander Marcelo Clavijo told the Huffington Post that he helped pull “them back into the channel and both swam off.”
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