Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today—AP
By Olivia B. Waxman
February 24, 2015

Nineteen manatees had to be rescued Monday night because they got stuck in a drain pipe in Satellite Beach, Fla., the Associated Press reports.

A rescue team of police and firefighters worked with experts from Sea World and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to free the the marine mammals, who were all returned to the Indian River Lagoon System, Captain Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said early Tuesday morning.

Here is footage of the rescue:

So far, it is thought that a recent cold snap in central Florida may have prompted the manatees to swim in search of warmer water and follow one another into the storm drain, Florida Today reports.

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