Watching NYC’s East River Dolphin
I spent a few hours this afternoon watching a dolphin in the East River off Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“I’m sorry, could you repeat that? Did you say, a dolphin in the East River?”
That’s right. As of two hours ago, a dolphin was swimming in the East River. I first heard about the dolphin this morning, when a reader wrote in to report spotting it near 96th Street. (Thank you, Samantha!) It seems to have spent most of the day swimming in the same general area off the East River Drive.
During the time I watched, it stayed on the west side of Mill Rock, a small uninhabited island.
It stayed south of the 103rd Street pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island.
It stayed north of the sanitation station.
It stayed east of the Triborough, er, I mean, the RFK Bridge.
The Riverhead Foundation believes the animal to be a bottlenose dolphin. The Foundation is gathering information about the dolphin, but is not immediately alarmed. According to their Facebook page, four other cetaceans have been reported in the East River since 2010, and all four were able to find their back out without intervention. Let’s hope this creature, too, follows the turn of the tide back out into the harbor.
Check back soon for more on the New York dolphin and on New Yorkers watching the New York dolphin. And meanwhile, keep me posted on your urban wildlife sightings!
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