Rescuers: Dolphin stranded in polluted New York canal dies
The dolphin got stuck in the polluted Gowanus Canal, which borders Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood.
January 25th, 2013
08:17 PM ET

Rescuers: Dolphin stranded in polluted New York canal dies

A dolphin stranded in Brooklyn's highly polluted Gowanus Canal today has died, according to the Riverhead Foundation.

Emergency personnel gathered Friday alongside the canal, which borders Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, in an effort to rescue the marine mammal, which inadvertently had become trapped in the channel's muck and mud.

The Common Dolphin passed away Friday evening, after being stuck in the murky low-tide waters for most of the day, said Joanne Biegert of the Riverhead Foundation.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    @little mister- suffication must be a horrible death.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Scottish Mama

    @little mister-not to mention polluted. That must have been torture in itself.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rascal Rabble

    new yorkers...their sh!t is not biodegradable...

    January 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jessen Burke

    Anyone heard of a wetsuit? The poor creature should have been pulled out of there. By the way people it is disgusting that you have a canal this polluted and it has access to the sea. Clean up your act NYC.

    January 26, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sokman

    I cant imagine anything that ends up in the water around NYC would survive. When I went, we took the ferry to the Statue of Librty, & the smell of the harbor ruined the whole experience. That was in 2000, & I cant imagine New Yorkers have gotten much cleaner or more sanitary since then.

    January 26, 2013 at 3:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    It's true. Many citizens of my city express their anger at the world by depositing any offensive filth they can produce so that the clean New Yorkers will know how much the dirty ones resent the clean ones who feed and house them.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mary

    Yes, How dare they resent those who were born into privilege. Really Joey, where do you think all those meds you inhale go when you relieve your self? Having money only means you can pollute our water all the more.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Mary:
      Really, do you think that I was "born into privilege?"
      The house in which I was born had no running water. We didn't use the Sears catalogue to buy things.

      January 26, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Then you should know better than to speak like a snob, that's not you if you come from such humble beginnings.
      Good Morning

      January 26, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Mary:
      The same aspiration that caused me to cut a photo of a dripping water faucet from a magazine and hang it on a wall is the drive that let me play in Carnegie Hall.
      That's not being a "snob:" it's reacting appropriately to an absence of privilege.

      January 26, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I do admire your drive, which means I don't admire others laziness.
      What someone measures as success another may measure as failure ... I would be happy as a pig if I were a servant to the elderly who knew my bible from front to cover and devoted my life to spreading his word to anyone who would listen.
      Hope that makes sense to you.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      JIF: I know of your beginnings. They were indeed humble.
      @Mary: realize your dream! Go to any rest home and start living it. Really, denigrating JIF isn't necessary to do that.

      January 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hide Behind

    The common dolphin died an all to common death caused by creatures that are supposed to be conservators of the world and not just humanity.
    Humans like to place blame for their pollution upon the past and not upon their own artificial existence, in their world where even their ofal reflect what they eat and drink becomes part of a worldwide Hazardous Waste Site.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. the prophet

    and this is news!! All waters of the world are infused with chemicalls we produce. Most of by the Governments and capitalists

    January 26, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. the prophet

    I know the Hudson River well, there are secrete barges going up river to dump their cargo from the city of New York so as it travels down the river it diffuses deludes and dissipates in the ocean in smaller particulars as opposed to just dump it in one spot.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mralias14

    I think it is a sad for humanity, as they just sat eagerly by and let this Dolphin die. I do believe this was a test of some kind and whether we like it or not, we FAILED! I mean we do live in an age where we are so technology advanced, and we couldn't even get a fish out of ???Feet of sludge (i'm sure it wasn't very deep). We as an earthly civilization aren't very far along to meet the same fate that this Dolphin did. R.I.P. Mr. D.

    January 26, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Hide Behind

    In Seattles beautifull Sound Salmon.fishes, seals and even whales did once abound but today their are only tourist hoping to catch a glimpse of them.
    They decided we must dredge up the spoils to clean the water and so they once charged tax upon smokes booze hotels and motels and stole govrrnment funds to build hatcherys for geneticly by heiredity modified salmon hatcheries.
    That failed, technology often does, so they said lets dig up the slop send it elsewhere and the people all cheered for it meant federal jobs to increase city and peoples income.
    Come first day the scoops first load got dumped the oficials smiled this was easy.
    Yet just off of rivers mouth some private citizens began to read of levels of chemicals some even radioactive that put man, plant andanimals lives in jeaprody.
    When they yelled stop your killing us the officials did not hesitate and ran away to offices and recalculate study and mentally maturbate, leaving the workers fisherman and swimmers to their own fate.
    Suddenly thae word came down when it was found that there was no where safe or any town that wanted Sounds hazardous waste.
    So isday the sound kills sea life as itself dies but the officials all hail how pretty it is.
    Andall it needs is geneticly enhanced marine life that can thrive on hazardous waters.

    January 26, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Hamsta

    I'm surprised someone didn't blame the tea party, wait a minute it was those nasty occupy people that leave their filth behind and spread disease.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. chrissy

    HOW does someone who lived their wholes doing everything that is NOT in the bible suddenly in just 2 years not only KNOW the bible from front to back, but also lives it accordingly?? I gotta call that one a foul.

    January 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hamsta

      Answer: try meeting the Grim Reaper. Other people believe what they believe but I know what I know. I may not exactly be an angel but I know where I am going after I leave this world.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    This is why I don't respond, re-read my post. I said IF I KNEW MY BIBLE FROM FRONT TO BACK. Good day all.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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