Biologist: Dolphin in Gowanus Was Sickly, Old

A biologist says the dolphin suffered from a series of chronic conditions: stomach ulcers, kidney stones and parasites

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013  |  Updated 6:26 AM EDT
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A dolphin has been reported stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and authorities are responding. Watch footage from Chopper 4, which was live over the dolphin Friday.

A dolphin has been reported stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and authorities are responding. Watch footage from Chopper 4, which was live over the dolphin Friday.

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A marine biologist says an aging dolphin that was stranded in a polluted New York canal and died there was ill and might not have survived anywhere.

Kim Durham of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island conducted a post-mortem exam of the wayward mammal. She says the dolphin suffered from a series of chronic conditions: stomach ulcers, kidney stones and parasites.

Durham says the 7-foot male weighing about 340 pounds struggled before it died on Friday in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, splashing around and shaking black gunk from its snout.

The canal is a Superfund site, where for years factories and fuel refineries operated.

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Stranded Dolphin Dies in Gowanus Canal

A dolphin died Friday after it became stranded in the heavily polluted waterway.

Dolphin Stuck in Gowanus Canal

A dolphin became stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn Friday. It later died. Gus Rosendale reports.
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The dolphin likely entered the canal from the Atlantic Ocean and got pinned at low tide.

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