Update: The Coney Island dolphin has died, according to the Riverhead Foundation. Another deceased dolphin was spotted near Point Lookout on Long Island.
Coney Island is not a destination for humans, let alone marine mammals forced to swim in the filthy water, but this morning a dolphin who “appeared to be lost” was found running laps near Cropsey Avenue and Bay 54th St, in the Coney Island Creek.
We were excited/saddened to learn about the dolphin frolicking down the East River yesterday. Saddened, because the life-span of dolphins hanging out in New York’s rivers and canals of late has been super short, but excited, because this dolphin, unlike the one in the Hudson in 2011 or the one in the Gowanus Canal in January, appeared to be relatively healthy. The Times is on it:”Just a dolphin swimming through,” a (police) spokesman said. “It is not in distress and we did not aid it.” He added, “Why would we pursue a dolphin?”
Right you are sir! Tally-ho! Let the bottlenose go!
CONSIDER THE DOLPHIN
Dolphins are the best animals in the world. (Fact.) They are also the smartest (fact), eat mackerel (fact) and gravitate toward people who are giving off signals of distress in the water, so they can help them (fact … most of the time). So what can we conclude about the poor wounded dolphin who is currently stuck in the Gowanus Canal, the most unlikely and ickiest body of raw sewage water in which a sea mammal could take up residence?
The live feed of the mission to save the dolphin, below.
Three things that make everybody happy: Christmas, ice cream and dolphins. A delightful new family film called Dolphin Tale is not a Christmas story; it takes place in Florida, so you wouldn’t know it even if it was. But you get everything else, and the way things are going at the movies these days, two out of three ain’t bad.
This is the kind of movie with end credits for days, postproduction edits for years, and nobody cares. What matters is how lovable the dolphin is, and on that score everyone can rest easy.