With supplies hard to come by and reinforcements slowed down by the impact of a natural disaster, residents on the ground are the best weapon against the devastation of a hurricane. After preparing for Hurricane Irma for much of the week prior, Florida residents are now tasked with picking up the pieces and restoring their state back to normal.
Thankfully, everyone appears to be doing their part to help Florida heal, even if it means thinking of the animals in and around the state on top of the people. NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sullivan happened to run into a few other residents while on a stroll down the beach over the weekend, and a man approached him with some sad news: a baby dolphin had been washed ashore by Irma and was struggling to keep its energy up.
With the help of other strangers, Sullivan managed to get the young dolphin back into the water, and after allowing it a moment to collect itself, he attempted to guide it back to its ocean home. This rescue was chronicled on MSNBC's Morning Joe and later on The Today Show, and it would have been a heartwarming story in and of itself.
But Sullivan and his crew found another larger dolphin shortly afterward, and using their combined efforts, they banded together again to rescue this second dolphin, too, slowly carrying it toward its natural habitat. The video is pretty amazing, and the subsequent interviews revealed that this team came from all over the map. A reporter from Oklahoma was part of the group, and Sullivan joked that saving a dolphin must have been a lot different from getting a cow unstuck from the mud.
These moments don't erase the damage done by Irma, but seeing a group of strangers working together to help restore normalcy made a lot of Floridians feel good. And they applauded the act of kindness as a gesture other people should consider repeating.
Thank u for ur crew n others who r helping these animals. God Bless u all❤️🙏🏼🐬🐬— Valerie Ann (@mamma_val_1) September 11, 2017
Love this keep saving the dolphins❤️❤️❤️🐬🐬🐬— Pam Herrick (@CancunPal) September 11, 2017
Amazing!💖 Thank you for helping the dolphins who have suffered in this storm too. It's all about helping each other. 😊— Melissa Studt (@SpiritHawk7) September 11, 2017
I cried seeing this....people coming together for something greater than themselves! https://t.co/R2PwxyXSaU— Tara Bebinger (@TaraBebinger) September 11, 2017
Not all of us can be on the ground helping—and not all of us can physically carry a dolphin—but if you're interested in lending a hand to Irma relief, there are a ton of reputable charities and organizations who you can send your money to in order to help. Every little bit counts.