Trapped Dolphin Dies in Canal

A dolphin in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal died after a day stuck in the polluted waters.
3:00 | 01/25/13

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New information tonight about the dolphins -- died in the filthy and polluted waters of the kiwanis canal the animal struggled for hours. But there was no rescue attempt and tonight many are asking why not eyewitnesses report and give -- as more live tonight from along the canal -- -- -- It was a judgment call waited till high tide of the dolphins and make it back out to sea -- corner it -- Capture it hoped that stress from all of that doesn't. In the -- experts are convinced tonight they've made the right to it. Neighbors stood on the average -- with tears in their lives the -- had rolled over on its side. -- stopped swimming. Marine biologist currently -- Beauchamp. You believe the animal was sick yet -- -- -- it was compromise or -- and in some way still that was first spotted at about 9 o'clock this morning. Swimming aimlessly up -- -- want us canal. Golf and came -- from the -- that account. And so he's been in this -- for a list six hours. Just bobbled around revolved around -- -- if the animal looked healthy to solve experts do differently. The dolphins seemed disoriented and weak struggling to swim. And gasping for air. I could tell that -- breeding rights where it was very very elevated seller. So all of those signs. Leg would not at the typical behavior of -- of adult. And the notable was believed to have been a full grown common dolphins. A species not uncommon in this part of the country at this time of the year. In the end experts made the decision not to approach it but to wait for high -- hoping that the animal might find its way out. Knowing from experience that any direct contact with the dolphins. Would likely make things worse the. It's very possible that if we did tried to do something -- -- today. We would have probably has same outcome except for except pursuant to -- those who would have just added so much stressed that to the animal by by. May not handling it. A postmortem on adult and is called would be -- and that will be conducted after the markets is removed sometime tomorrow. And we will go much more about how and why it died by tonight -- Brooklyn and.

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