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December 9, 2016
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Dolphin Stuck, Dies in Gowanus

By Lisa M. Collins

A dolphin was spotted Friday in the Gowanus Canal, apparently stuck between a rock and a pillar. The tragedy made national news. Around 6 p.m., AOL’s Carroll Gardens Patch and others reported that the animal had died.

Shockingly, the Gowanus, a federal superfund site (thanks to the potential that fish from the canal might accidentally be eaten) currently slated for a years-long cleanup, after decades as a dumping site for coal-burning companies and as a sewage over-run and drainage ditch for the large local population, is connected to the ocean. Every once in a while, large sea animals venture in, to their certain dismay.

Very, very sad indeed.

In mid December, a woman was rescued after she was reported as “drowning” in the canal, which is so polluted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named it a Superfund site, warned people to not touch the water, and ordered a federal cleanup, which should take 10 years or so. Police helicopters made a ruckus during the Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. event. She was taken to the hospital and was reported in stable condition. 

“It wasn’t worded how she got into the canal, it didn’t say if she fell in or jumped in,” said Detective Paul Grudzinski, spokesman for the 76th Precinct.

So, the mystery of the woman in the canal continues. 

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