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UPDATE: Dolphin stranded in the Gowanus Canal dies


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Update 7 p.m. — The dolphin that had been stranded all day in the murky and poisonous waters of the Gowanus Canal finally succumbed to its injuries, dying at around 6 p.m. tonight

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Emergency crews are attempting to rescue a stranded dolphin that has been bobbing up and down and swimming in the massively polluted and toxic-to-all-marine-life Gowanus Canal, beneath the Union Street bridge since at least 1 p.m. this afternoon, say onlookers.

According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the NYPD Harbor and Emergency Service Units are on the scene along with marine mammal experts from the Riverhead Foundation.

However, rescuers are going to wait for high tide at 7:10 p.m. “to see if the dolphin can free itself” and will assist “in the morning” if and when Riverhead personnel decide it necessary to aid it in escaping.

The dolphin-sighting was first reported by the folks over at the Red Hook Lobster Pound, who tweeted the news out at 1:05 p.m.

Curious and concerned residents are lined up on the bridge, watching the dolphin, whose grey skin is covered in a coat of black residue. He may be bleeding from the dorsal fin.

The Gowanus Canal is a designated Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency, which just this week held community meetings with residents of Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, and Red Hook to present their multi-year plan to clean up the toxic waters, which is polluted with a century’s worth of industrial and chemical waste, sewage and more — measuring in the parts per hundreds, versus parts per millions, as is typically found in the rest of the country.

The Canal is not habitable to sustaining any form of marine life. The last time an animal became stranded there was in 2007, when a minke whale died before rescuers could guide it out to open waters.

 

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Dolphin washes ashore in Far Rockaway, dies shortly after

Scientists were unable to save a sickly beached dolphin in Far Rockaway that died en route to a treatment center on Friday. Franly Estrella, 24, first spotted the 6-foot-long, 140-pound stranded creature at 9:30 a.m. at Beach 19th St. NYDailyNews

Jay-Z concert highlights Barclays Center opening

Brooklyn was the center of New York’s entertainment world last night, as the $1 billion Barclays Center opened with a sold-out concert by the borough’s own Jay-Z. The rap mogul performed for 19,000 screaming fans in a glam-filled coming-out party for the spectacular arena in Prospect Heights. “I have been on many stages all around the world. Nothing feels like tonight, Brooklyn, I swear to God!” the Bed-Stuy native shouted out as he took the stage. NYPost

Miracle landing at JFK

It really was a “magic” ride. The twisted front landing gear of a jumbo jet nicknamed The Magic Red Carpet miraculously rotated back into position just seconds before landing at JFK yesterday — as panicked passengers braced themselves for a crash. “It was like the hand of God turned the wheel,” said a Port Authority cop who was part of the disaster-response crew deployed to the tarmac. NYPost

Former NYTimes publisher Arthur Ochs dead at 86

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City to expand library program

Millions of books will soon be within easy reach of young bookworms in the city. The city is expanding its MyLibraryNYC program to all public schools. Students and teachers will be able to directly order books and other materials from the New York, Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries. NY1

 

Beached dolphin discovered at Rockway dies in Long Island


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A dolphin that washed up on the shores of Rockaway earlier this morning died after attempts to keep it alive, according to The New York Times.

The dolphin was discovered at 9:30 a.m. at Beach 19th Street, said a police spokesperson.  The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and Harbor Patrol responded to the scene. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine research and Preservation also reported to Rockaway and transported the beached dolphin to an aquarium in Long Island, the organization said in a Facebook post.  They described the five foot long common dolphin as emaciated.

According to the Times, the dolphin was still alive when it reached Riverhead, but died around 3:15 p.m.