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Baby dolphin dies on Coney Island beach

Dolphin dies at Coney

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Brooklyn — where dolphins go to die.

A baby dolphin was found washed up on the beach off the Coney Island Boardwalk on Saturday, and despite the best efforts of a good Samaritan, the poor creature passed away on the beach, according to witnesses.

“It was quite a find,” said Kent Woo, who was organizing a Boy Scout event when he noticed the beached calf.

Woo said he spotted the baby dolphin on the beach near Stillwell Avenue at around 8 am, where the apparently sick mammal had attracted a small gaggle of curious onlookers.

About a half hour later, a good Samaritan stripped to his skivvies and guided the sick sea mammal back into the frigid February waters with the hopes of seeing it swim away.

“A half hour passed, then someone walked past and then stripped down to his boxing shorts and took the dolphin out doing the breast stroke,” said Woo.

Unfortunately, the waves pushed the sickly creature back onto the shore, this time looking even worse than before.

“In another 20 minutes the dolphin was pushed back onto shore and it wasn’t moving by that time,” Woo explained.

Last month, a male dolphin that was trapped in the notoriously filthy and toxic Gowanus Canal died from unknown causes.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Reader Feedback

George says:
Looking at the picture I would suggest that it might well be an adult harbour porpoise rather than a baby dolphin.
Feb. 28, 2013, 6:43 am
Tony says:
This is indeed a Harbour Porpoise.
Feb. 28, 2013, 8:33 am
Ed from Oregon says:
Because this is a single isolated death there will be no investigation as to the cause of death which is unfortunate. Again the people, witnessing this scene when 2 different good Samaritans attempted to return it to open water, are left wondering why what & how. My only hope, based on the extensive occurrences of similar events, that the public demand necropsies conducted by unbiased third parties randomly selected with those details being released for full public examination.
March 2, 2013, 1:33 am
willis from greenpoint says:
the cause of death for the gowanus dolphin was determined:
March 2, 2013, 11:12 am
Pat K. from Bay Ridge says:
Many Thanks for those people who risked themselves to get it back in the water.
March 2, 2013, 9:21 pm
Vlad from Bay Ridge says:
The guy who swam with the dolphin is my her.
March 3, 2013, 2:04 am

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