Water empties from bay in Tampa, but folks warned: stay out

Posted September 12, 2017

The manatees were spotted in an area that is usually filled with water.

No one should try moving the manatees themselves, as they are a state and federally protected species. "So we went for a ride and ended up saving two manatees", Clavejo posted on Facebook. A group of "stir crazy" friends ventured out of a shelter in Sarasota on Sunday to find Sarasota Bay emptied of water that was pulled into Irma's eyewall, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We called every service we could think of, but no one answered", one member of the group writes on Facebook. "We gave them as much water as we could, hoping the rain and storm surge [would] come soon enough to save them". "After the storm center passes Tampa, the wind will change from offshore to onshore and push water and large ocean surface waves onshore", said Shuyi Chen, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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

On Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, about 100 people were walking Sunday afternoon on what was Old Tampa Bay - a body of water near downtown. "They both swam off", Clavijo told FOX 13 about the happy ending to this rescue.

Normally a safe place for manatees to float, several sea cows were left stranded before they knew what was happening.

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Not to worry, the story does have a happy ending.

Two Manatee County deputies and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came to the bay to help the rescue effort, the Herald-Tribune reported.

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