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January 26, 2013

Dolphin dies in canal

NEW YORK — A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

The deep-freeze weather hadn’t seemed to faze the dolphin as it swam in the Gowanus Canal, which runs 1.5 miles through a narrow industrial zone near some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

Marine experts had hoped high tide would help the dolphin leave the canal safely. But the dolphin was confirmed dead shortly before then, said the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Experts aim to conduct a necropsy to determine why the dolphin died, but it may well have been ill when it got into the canal, said Robert DiGiovanni, a senior biologist with the foundation. Staffers were having trouble getting to the dolphin’s body on a snowy night.

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