The manatees beached in Sarasota and other parts of Florida along Irma's path suffered from an unusual phenomenon in which water was pulled away from typically submerged shores while areas above sea level suffered flooding.
One of the stranded manatees was found in shallow pools of water in Sarasota Bay..
"When the tide comes back in, we do have concerns of manatees ending up in areas where they naturally wouldn't", Gordon said, adding that she doesn't think the manatees will be injured. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge come soon enough to save them", Sechler wrote.
A line of evacuees wait for food at the Braden River High School emergency shelter
"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.
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"Believe me, we tried to move them", Sechler wrote. "But between [the manatees] weighing over 500lbs and being stranded in nearly mud-like sand, we couldn't make it happen." .