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Dolphin in NY canal examined for cause of death

1:55 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: A common dolphin swims in a section of the Gowanus Canal after getting stuck on January 25, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. Officials are waiting till high tide in the hopes that the stuck dolphin will be able to free itself from the canal. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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The marine mammal died Friday evening in the Gowanus 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.

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