Perhaps nothing illustrates that better than a still photograph taken by Michael Sechler, which shows a manatee stranded near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
The friends hoped that by sharing the photos on social media, someone would be moved to help.
"We just want people to realize this is a serious threat".
"Normally, if we have to move a manatee, we would use a sling similar to the way you've probably seen dolphins moved", Cover says.
Two sheriff's deputies from Manatee County - yes, that's right - came to help.
Two manatees are rescued from Sarasota Bay when the water receded
The post was seen by Manatee County police and the Florida and Wildlife Conservation Commission who turned up to the area and rescued the animals.
"I was amazed how many people started sharing the story".
"We're not actually intervening at this point [in most instances]", Gordon said.
"A lot of times they are out of the water and they are going to be OK, as long as they stay cool", Norris said.
"One wasn't moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes", Sechler said in a Facebook post.
According to Fox 13, law enforcement joined the rescue effort but eventually directed everyone to safety as the storm approached.