The Straits Times
Published on Jan 26, 2013

Lost dolphin dies in polluted New York waterway


NEW YORK (AFP) - A dolphin that lost its way and got stuck in one of New York City's most polluted waterways died on Friday, witnesses and local media said.

The dolphin, a common sight in the Atlantic Ocean off New York, was spotted in the Gowanus Canal, a notoriously hazardous stretch of water in Brooklyn, earlier on Friday. Local TV footage showed the mammal rising to breathe, then dipping back down into the grey waters of the canal.

By nightfall, the animal was clearly in trouble, then quickly died, NY1 and CBS television reported.

"Myself & an ecologist were there at the moment the dolphin died. He cried out. Lifeless breached on concrete piling. Police put up tape," tweeted witness Aaron Stewart-Ahn.