Just hours after a coyote was spotted in Chelsea and a seal turned up on the shores of Staten Island, a teacher from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School reportedly saw a dolphin swimming in the Newtown Creek. According to a press release issued by the environmental group Riverkeeper, the educator and a colleague alerted authorities after seeing a dolphin in the fetid body of water, which could soon be deemed a Superfund site like the Gowanus Canal.
"It's heartbreaking to see such a beautiful creature in such terribly polluted water," said John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper Patrol Boat Operator. "A few years ago, we saw a whale in the Gowanus Canal. Sadly and typically, when these mammals come into urban inland waterways, it's because there is an underlying illness and the outcome is not a good one. We hope this dolphin finds its way out." In recent years, dolphins have been spotted swimming in the waters off of the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens.