Dolphin dies after swimming into New York City canal

Dolphin dies after swimming into New York City canal

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: A common dolphin comes up for air after getting stuck in a section of the Gowanus Canal on January 25, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. Officials are waiting till high tide in the hopes that the stuck dolphin will be able to free itself from the canal. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 10:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A wayward dolphin that swam into a polluted New York City canal has died.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation says the dolphin died Friday evening. It does not know how the dolphin died.

In frigid weather, the dolphin wandered into the Gowanus Canal earlier Friday.
 
The dolphin appeared to be about seven feet long. It surfaced periodically and shook black gunk from its snout in the dirty water.
 
Experts had hoped the dolphin would free itself from the area during the evening's high tide, but unfortunately it could not.

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