Monday, July 1, 2013

Dead Dolphin Found In Coney Island

The body of a dead dolphin was found last evening in Coney Island  making it at least the fourth one to die in our waters recently.  A baby dolphin was found dead in February in Coney Island.


By Geoffrey Croft

Another dead dolphin washed up on our shores - this time in Coney Island NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The body of a male bottle-nosed dolphin was found on the beach at Bay 11 off of Stillwell Avenue last evening around 6:15 p.m.

Parks Department employees removed the mammal in a fork lift to a parks facility in order to secure it. 

"It was giving off a very strong smell," a witness said at the scene last night.

Personnel from the Riverhead Foundaton picked up the 7-foot long dolphin today and transported it back to the group's headquarters where it arrived an hour ago. 

According to Julika Wocial, rescue program supervisor for the organization,  Riverhead staff will begin performing a necropsy in a few minutes to determine the cause of death. 

She said due to the advanced stage of decomposition however it was unlikely they will determine what killed it. 

This is at least the fourth dolfin to die in our waters recently. 

A baby dolphin was found dead on the beach in Coney Island in February.

A dolphin was found in the Gowanus Canal in January.

The Riverhead Foundation encourages people who see dolphins in distress to call the organization's hotline at 631-369-9829.

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