ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A family of four dolphins stuck in a canal in St. Petersburg, Florida, is free thanks to the state’s wildlife commission.
The animals, including two calves, had been trapped in the canal since Sunday, according to WFTS-TV.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission assessed the situation and waited a day to see if the dolphins would leave on their own.
FWC working to free 4 dolphins stuck in canal in St. Petersburg https://t.co/TTTXPteyDc— 10News WTSP (@10NewsWTSP) September 17, 2019
When they didn’t, wildlife officials theorized that the mammals, which were not in distress, saw the canal bridges as an obstacle blocking their way out, according to a statement from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
So, members of the FWC formed a human chain Tuesday, blocking the dolphins’ view of the bridges, and used underwater sounds to direct them out of the canal and into Riviera Bay, WFTS reported.
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