Dolphin in NY canal examined for cause of death

January 27, 2013 - 5:31 PM
ADDITION Dolphin in Canal

ADDS THAT THE DOLPHIN HAS DIED - A dolphin surfaces in the Gowanus Canal in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. The New York City Police Dept. said animal experts were waiting to see if the dolphin would leave on its own during the evening's high tide. A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — The wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted New York canal and died is undergoing a post-mortem exam.

The marine mammal died Friday evening in the Gowanus (guh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal that runs through Brooklyn.

Experts from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation were conducting a necropsy Sunday afternoon to determine the cause of death.

Results were not expected immediately.

The dolphin had riveted onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout.

The dolphin likely entered the canal from the Atlantic Ocean and got pinned at low tide.