I'm guessing Hurricane Irma dumped water from the Keys in the Gulf of Mexico: all the way to Georgia apparently.
#Irma funneled millions of gallons of ocean water leaving the sea floor empty here in Florida. As locals of Tampa walked around after the storm passed, they discovered a missing sea of water. This left many locals confused and worried as they walked through a sea floor of mud finding shells and two beached manatees. One sea cow from the photo above wasn't moving. The other was breathing and had water in it's eyes. These massive animals were impossible to move, even with twenty people. So the locals started calling for service. However, calling for help was frustrating and no one answered. The volunteer locals started giving the sea cows as much water as they could in hope that rain or a storm surge will come soon to save the sea animals in need of their ocean waters.
Small head with broad, forked tail fluke like a dugong
Stumpy front flippers assisted with quick motility over rocky areas and stability in rough seas
In 1741, Steller's sea cow was first discovered by German naturalist Georg W. Stellar, during his North Pacific voyage accompanied by Vitus Bering. At a whopping 9 to 10 meters long and a weight of about 10 metric tons, the sea cow was the largest serenian, another name for sea cows.
Sea Cows had no teeth and they relied on horny plates in the mouth to compact their soft food, which consisted of kelp and seaweed. They fed towards the Ocean surface. In Russia seal hunters thought of sea cows as the prime prized meat that would feed them on long sea journeys. Yes, killing was often wasteful. The populations of sea cows in 1741 has been estimated at around 2000, but by 1768 they were completely exterminated. The extinction of Steller's sea cow is a dramatic example of the vulnerability of small isolated animal populations still in need of our protection today.
Read more by a Naturalist named George W. Steller, who accompanied Vitus Bering on his voyage of discovery into he North Pacific. The largest sea cows once weighed perhaps 10 metric tons (22,000 pounds), much larger in scale than present-day relatives manatees and dugongs.
If you would like to make a donations to help save our sea marine wildlife, Ocean Blue is giving back through beach and rivers cleanups that help clean our ocean to avoid harm by plastic floating in our sea.
Visit www.oceanblueproject.org to become an ocean supporter for the greater good for our mammals.
ALERT: Water surrounding Tampa Bay is very low due to the storm. It is dangerous to be walking out there.