Dolphin in the Hudson, Dolphin in the Hudson!

The photo of the dolphin on the Hudson (Jennifer Parker, via

Oh my gawsh, there is a dolphin hanging around the Hudson River. Adorbs! Well, not really. Dolphins are smarter than people, at least when it comes to stuff like “how to survive in water,” and even humans are smart enough not to know not to swim in the Hudson.

So sadly, this little dolphin is probably very sick. Or trying to avenge his wife’s murder. Read on!

The dolphin was first spotted by Jennifer Parker who saw the (probably bottlenose) mammal swimming down from Harlem on Sunday afternoon. She sent the photo to, who in turn contacted Riverhead Foundation’s Rescue Program to find out what a dolphin is doing so far away from its maaaackerel source. (Dolphins are mammals and they eat mackerel, FYI.)

Here was the reply from the Foundation:

Kim Durham, the director of the Riverhead Foundation’s Rescue Program, said the dolphin in the pictures looked like a bottlenose….

She added that bottlenose dolphins often travel in groups and one by itself was unusual, but it was not immediately clear if the animal was behaving like it needed help.

“A lone dolphin does kind of have us on alert,” she said.

“The main thing we look for is whether or not it’s free swimming or if it comes ashore.”

Man, even if the little guy (or gal) isn’t hurt, this is such a sad story. Why isn’t the bottlenose swimming with its friends? Was is ostracized for a crime it didn’t commit and now needs to find the one-dorsal dolphin to clear its name? (Dolphin Fugitive. Michael Hirschorn, call us!) You can see larger photos of the dolphin over at Or if you want to see a photo of a happy dolphin that is not swimming in the Hudson, here you go:

Either way, we hope that there is enough maaaaackerel for the dolphin to eat in the Hudson, and that these fish have the normal number of eyes, give or take a couple. Although mutant dolphins are also not the worst idea for a film concept we’ve ever come up with.

If you see the dolphin and are done snapping Instagram photos of it, please contact the Riverhead Foundation’s hotline immediately: 631-369-9829. And then send us the pics. Dolphin in the Hudson, Dolphin in the Hudson!