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Floridians rescue Manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma

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

Clavijo wrote on Facebook that he came across the sea cows after he was getting "stir crazy" from the storm.

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"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.

Marcelo Clavijo posted video and photos on Facebook describing the scene.

"We rolled them on the tarp and then dragged them a 100 yards it was insane", Clavijo explained.

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

Dave Bristow, a public information officer for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, tells NPR that it was "a bit of a lull" for law enforcement as the department waited for the hurricane to arrive.

The deputies, which had no special training, "just used common sense", Bristow says. "As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland", said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.

An official with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said the organization received multiple reports about the stranded manatees. Michael Sechler of Sarasota, Florida, saw these stranded creatures beached where formerly there was water and took action to save them.

The receding waters in both bays are due to the low tide, Irma's lower pressure and strong bands of wind whipping the water away.

It's a phenomenon sometimes called "hurricane bulge".