The day before Hurricane Irma hit, Michael Sechler and a few friends were driving around Sarasota, Florida, checking up on friends and picking up last-minute supplies. When they rode past the bay, they noticed something strange — the water was gone.
“We parked our cars and saw that all the water had receded, pretty much as far as you could see,” Sechler, a 26-year-old Florida native, told The Dodo. “And out on the water, we saw two objects. From a distance, we couldn’t really tell what they were, but we wondered, ‘Are those manatees?’”