Manatee swims in flooded backyard during Hurricane Dorian

A woman in Stuart, FL walked out of the back of her house during Hurricane Dorian and found a manatee in her backyard eating grass from the flooded yard. The woman says that the manatee swam back to the river on its own.

A woman in Stuart, FL walked out of the back of her house during Hurricane Dorian and found a manatee in her backyard eating grass from the flooded yard. The woman says that the manatee swam back to the river on its own.

Corrine Hogan was hanging out at Palm City home, near Stuart, on Tuesday, just watching and waiting for any Hurricane Dorian news.

Suddenly, the Miami native heard a large splashing noise in her backyard, which sits near a nature preserve.

“First, I thought it was an alligator,” Hogan told the Miami Herald. “Then I looked out the window and saw it was a manatee. I was shocked.”

The clip she posted on her private Facebook page shows just the top of the sea cow, which is moving ever so slowly amid the grass.

“The tide is so high we actually have a manatee swimming in our backyard right now,” Hogan says off camera. “Wow, she’s a big girl!” (The gender is unclear.)

After the manatee happily munched for about a half an hour, it swam back toward the St. Lucie River.

“We just let her exist in her own little world,” the Martin County woman laughed. “I thought, ‘Good, you just mowed my grass.’ It was pretty cool.”





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