Dolphin stranded in polluted New York canal

Dolphin stranded in polluted New York canal
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POSTED: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 2:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 2:04am

Much like New York's once missing Bronx Zoo cobra and peacock, a dolphin stranded in Brooklyn's heavily polluted Gowanus Canal has earned itself a Twitter following.

"I will get out of this alive. Thank you for your support," one post read on the Twitter feed.

Emergency personnel gathered Friday alongside the canal, which borders Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, in an effort to rescue the marine mammal, which had inadvertently become trapped in the channel's muck and mud.

"Because there is no shoreline or easy way to get to the dolphin, investigators will only monitor it," said Rob DiGiovanni, Riverhead Foundation's director and senior biologist. "It's very uncommon for a dolphin or any marine animal to be in the Gowanus, but it's happened before."

DiGiovanni said rescuers planned to wait until high tide to determine whether the creature could free itself before considering additional steps. NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said emergency service units were also on scene to evaluate the situation.

In 2011, an escaped Egyptian cobra slithered its way onto the Internet, where the reptile won tens of thousands of Twitter fans.

But the Gowanus dolphin's account was suspended shortly after it surfaced Friday afternoon.

-- CNN's Lawrence Crook contributed to this report.

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