Photos: Dolphin makes splash in polluted NYC canal

Photos: Dolphin makes splash in polluted NYC canal

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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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A wayward dolphin has been making a splash in a polluted New York City canal.

Friday's deep-freeze weather didn't seem to faze the dolphin as it swam around in the Gowanus Canal, which runs 1.5 miles through a narrow industrial zone near some of Brooklyn's wealthiest neighborhoods.

Bundled-up onlookers took cellphone photos. A news helicopter hovered overhead.

The dolphin appears to be about 7 feet long. It has surfaced periodically and shaken black gunk from its snout in the polluted water.

The New York Police Department says animal experts are waiting to see if the dolphin leaves the canal on its own during the evening's high tide. If not, they plan to lend a hand Saturday.

The filthy canal was named a Superfund site in 2010, meaning the government can force polluters to pay for its restoration.

 

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