Thank Woman for Saving Manatees Stuck in Storm Drain

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Target: Ann Spellman, marine biologist

Goal: Thank Ann Spellman for helping to rescue manatees stuck in a drainpipe in Florida.

Manatees were recently rescued from Satellite Beach canal in Florida. Ann Spellman is a marine biologist who alerted city workers about manatees possibly being stuck in a drainpipe. She acted courageously, and told them that if the manatees were not rescued they could drown. Spellman works with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The rescuers included police, firefighters, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and employees from SeaWorld.

Manatees are friendly creatures that are known for their slow pace. They eat plants, and rest most of the day. The Florida manatees are endangered. It’s vital that one takes action to save them from extinction. They swim in warm water. Some rescuers suggested that they swam to the drainage pipes to access warmer water. Manatees can weigh over 1,000 pounds, and baby manatees under 100. Their weight makes saving them from these pipes no easy matter.

It was reported that about 19 manatees were rescued, and are now happily back to their natural habitats. Two of the manatees rescued were a mother and a baby. They had cuts and bruises but were not severely harmed.

By signing this petition, you are expressing your gratitude for the swift response Spellman made. If she did not organize a rescue for these manatees, they probably would have died. You are also thanking the other rescue workers for their incredible act of kindness.


Dear Ann Spellman,

Organizing the rescue of the manatees stuck in the Satellite Beach canal was a truly heroic act. Your work along with the other rescuers is truly admirable. If these estimated 19 manatees had died it would have been horrific. By saving endangered animals, you are truly awe-inspiring. You knew right away that these animals would drown if they were trapped in the canal any longer. You used your skills as a marine biologist to examine the problem.

The manatees’ weight and timid nature must have made the situation a difficult one. It is often hard to save those that can’t help themselves such as animals. Animals, especially endangered ones, need others to protect them.

Thank you for acting quickly in a dangerous situation. If time was wasted it could have been a matter of life or death. Your concern and compassion is what made this rescue a successful one.


[Your Name Here]

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