There’s a Dolphin Stranded in the Gowanus Canal

January 25, 2013 | Andy Cush

A dolphin is currently stranded inside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted waterways in the country. Witnesses spotted the animal near the Union Street Bridge at around 12:30. It’s unclear how the dolphin got there, but the canal does empty into a series of waterways that eventually reaches the Atlantic Ocean. “It was probably injured or sick,” said Rebecca Rogers-Hawson, a witness who lives in the area, “I don’t know why it would want to come in here.”

For the morbidly curious, NBC has a livestream of the dolphin, because let’s face it, the chances of this creature escaping alive is pretty grim.

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