Dolphin Spotted in NYC's East River

The mammal doesn't appear injured

By Brynn Gingras
|  Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013  |  Updated 2:41 PM EDT
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Dolphin Spotted in NYC's East River

Brynn Gingras

An apparent dolphin was seen swimming in the East River Wednesday morning.

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A dolphin has been spotted in New York City's East River, near East 96th Street in Manhattan. 

Timothy Machnica from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation told NBC 4 New York the mammal doesn't appear injured, but the agency will continue to observe it. 
 
He said it's either a common dolphin or an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
 
Machnica said the DEC will consult with a marine biologist at the Riverhead Foundation to determine if it should be guided out of the river.
 
In January, an injured dolphin died after becoming stranded in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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A necropsy determined the dolphin suffered from a series of chronic conditions, including stomach ulcers and kidney stones. 

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