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Dolphin Sighting in Newtown Creek

dolphin in Newtown Creek

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Riverkeeper Responds to Dolphin Sighting in Newtown Creek

March 3, 2010 — Riverkeeper received a call today from a Harbor Teacher from The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, one of its partner organizations, about a dolphin she and a colleague sighted in Newtown Creek. Riverkeeper reported it to the Coast Guard, who issued a radio notice to mariners, and to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, who has a marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation program.

“It’s heartbreaking to see such a beautiful creature in such terribly polluted water,” stated John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper Patrol Boat Operator. “ A few years ago, we saw a whale in the Gowanus Canal. Sadly and typically, when these mammals come into urban inland waterways, it’s because there is an underlying illness and the outcome is not a good one. We hope this dolphin finds its way out.”

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