By Cailey Rizzo
September 19, 2019

A rescue team in Florida linked together to create a human chain in order to save a pack of four dolphins that was stranded in a canal.

Volunteers showed up in the water on Tuesday to chain together and help the dolphins find their way out of the canal outside of St. Petersburg.

The pack of dolphins included two young calves. They became stranded in a canal in the Fossil Park neighborhood earlier this week. Officials from the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told CNN they believed the dolphins were stuck because they could not navigate around a nearby bridge.

The FWC was first alerted about the dolphins’ appearance on Sunday but waited a day to see if the animals would swim out with the tide. When they did not, they began to plan. They decided to link together a chain of humans to get the dolphins’ attention and show them the way out of the canal.

A team of 14 volunteers from the FWC, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium banded together to free the dolphins. They used sounds and vibrations to appeal to the dolphins’ sense of echolocation.

It took about 45 minutes but the dolphins followed the human chain and its sound out to the freedom of the Riviera Bay.