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Mon Nov 24 10:17:29 SAST 2014

Dolphin that died in New York may not have survived anywhere: biologist

Sapa-AP | 29 January, 2013 11:14
A dolphin struggles to lift its head out of the water in the headwaters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York.
Image by: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS

A marine biologist says an ageing dolphin that was stranded in a polluted New York canal and died there was ill and might not have survived anywhere.

Kim Durham of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island conducted a post-mortem exam of the wayward mammal. She says the dolphin suffered from a series of chronic conditions: stomach ulcers, kidney stones and parasites.

Durham says the 7-foot (2.1-meter) male weighing about 340 pounds (154 kilograms) struggled before it died on Friday in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, splashing around and shaking black gunk from its snout. The canal is a Superfund site, where for years factories and fuel refineries operated.

The dolphin likely entered the canal from the Atlantic Ocean and got pinned at low tide.

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