Not since the great Morbillivirus outbreak in 1987 has the North Atlantic seen its shores awash with so many dead dolphins. In fact, the number of bottlenoses who’ve bit the bullet from a possible resurgence of the Measles-related outbreak is seven times higher than the July average. This fits with the New York general trend in the last year or so of sick dolphins swimming in the Hudson, and in one baffling case, the Gowanus Canal.
We have got to fix this, you guys!
You know, we’re starting to think it’s not a coincidence that all these dolphins have started showing up in New York’s bodies of (filthy) water. After all, in the past decade there’s been an uptick in marine life just kind of moseying into our rivers and canals, mostly with tragic results.
But this weekend’s sighting of not one but two bottlenose dolphins in the East River–both apparently in fine health, from what experts can see–shows that maybe the creatures can survive in these unsanitary conditions … at least for a little while. Which is pretty perfect metaphor for college students’ NYC migration habits, when you think about it.