UPDATE: Coney Island Creek dolphin found dead

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STRANDED: The marine mammal swam all the way to the end of Perfume Bay.
NO TROLL: The dolphin lingered under the Cropsey Avenue bridge.
DEEP BLUE SEE: Police lined the creek to explain the situation and prevent people from jumping in with the dolphin.
WAITING GAME: Police said they were waiting for high tide to flush the animal back out to sea, then left the scene around that time.

Update: 2:58 pm

The wayward dolphin that accidentally took a turn on Coney Island’s most dangerous water ride yesterday has died.

The barrel-bodied beast was found at 11:30 am in the Coney Island Creek, a representative of the Riverhead Foundation said.

A Department of Environmental Conservation officer dragged the cetacean corpse out of the water and handed it over to the foundation, which advises the city on marine life issues. A rep for the group said that it will perform an autopsy on the animal to determine the cause of death but that, at first blush, it looks like the dolphin was sick and loopy when it wandered into the waterway.

“It didn’t initially show signs of illness, but it seemed disoriented and it was going in circles,” foundation spokeswoman Melissa Martin said.

Its death comes after police said late this morning that the dolphin had disappeared.

The creature entered Coney Island Creek between Coney Island and Bath Beach at high tide yesterday morning and police left it to its fate in the evening after minding it — and making sure no Flipper lovers jumped in the icy water to commune with the beast — all day.

Police helicopters spotted the dolphin yesterday shortly after reports of its upriver swim came in around 11 am. It passed beneath a boom near the Cropsey Avenue bridge and, when the tide retreated, there was less than two feet of water beneath the barrier, so it could not swim back out, cops said.

Police cut the boom to clear the way, but the aquatic animal kept swimming in circles at the waterway’s stagnant end. Officers lined the waterway known locally as Perfume Bay, corralling spectators and talking to experts who said the best thing to do was to watch and wait until the 6:30 pm high tide.

But at 7 last night, the people-control-turned-animal-control department said that it was no longer monitoring the marine mammal, nor was any other city agency. This morning, police said that the dolphin was gone, but that they did not know where it went or when.

The People’s Playground has become a dolphins’ graveyard in the past, with cetacean carcasses washing up on the popular beach in February and July of this year.

A second dolphin washed ashore at Point Lookout in Long Island’s Nassau County this morning, meaning there may be some sort of marine mammal malady going around.

Dolphins have also made wrong turns into other famously polluted marine passages in the borough, with one dying in the Gowanus Canal in January, and another making its way up the Newtown Creek in 2010.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Robin M from Coney Island/Bath Beach says:
My niece and I were at CI Creek, at Raymour & Flannigan where all the news personnel were reporting from. We were there at about 4:30 till about 6:00pm. From the moment we arrived there were NO rescue agencies nor personnel there to find, assist, or rescue this poor dolphin. One of the news personnel said to me that he did not see anybody from any rescue organization there the whole time that his news channel was there.

This article is correct, this mammal was forgotten about. I find that to be a terrible, terrible thing to just abandon this lost, stranded, scared dolphin. To anyone, any agency that was supposed to be there to help, to any agency that collects money for rescue efforts, to any agency that said they would come to C.I. and see if they could help (and did not)... SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!!

--Robin M.
Nov. 14, 2013, 10:34 pm
lazy mirror from I see you says:
the police... and the BP are no longer monitoring the dolphin.
Nov. 15, 2013, 6:44 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Mahi mahi!

Did they do it on Porpoise?
Nov. 15, 2013, 8:22 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to be the one to say this, what with the economy, but I hope you shall hear me out:
Considering the amount of money that us, the taxpayers, are spending on this event already, why not just have these choppers rescue the dolphin and dump it into the aquarium so that the technicians can have a look at it? Perhaps they can save it's life. At the very worst case scenario (if it is ill beyond repair) they could cut it up and feed it to the poors in the area. Pardon the suggestion of just one man.
John Wasserman.
Nov. 15, 2013, 12:19 pm
Dolphin from Hell says:
I'm dead!!!! :-(
Nov. 15, 2013, 2:30 pm
Nancy M. from Flatbush says:
Poor baby.
Nov. 15, 2013, 5:43 pm
Emily from Coney Island says:
There's a aquerium and the cops couldn't bring it to the aquerium!
Nov. 15, 2013, 7:10 pm
Raven0024 from Hoboken says:
Horrible that this poor animal was just left there to die. These animal organizations & the cops should be ashamed of themselves. Poor baby.
Nov. 15, 2013, 10:25 pm
W00t from City Hall says:
Brooklyn, where dolphins die here and rescue workers are lazy to do anything.
Nov. 15, 2013, 10:52 pm
Eamon from Coney island says:
The dolphin was there to die. They do things like that. They separate from their "pod" when they are sick so they don't make the others sick. The cops did what they could to help free it from the creek. You have to commend them for even trying. It would be difficult at best to "wrangle" a dolphin. They opened the creek mouth by removing the debris boom. That's really all try could have done.
On another note, the aquarium wouldn't just take in a marine mammal without making sure it wasn't so sick it would infect the resident animals.

So, thank the police for the job that they did, accept the fact that dolphins do stuff like this when sick, and think before you type.

Chive on!
Nov. 15, 2013, 11 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
hey let's get some perspective - this some transient animal knock, nonock, nocking on Posiedens door - not Flipper
Nov. 16, 2013, 10:20 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Much to sensible Eamon, this place is about feeeeeelllinggs, not reality.
Nov. 16, 2013, 12:49 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Why are the dolphins ailing and turning up here?
Nov. 16, 2013, 2:49 pm
pookie da lion from slip slope says:
Ed - only the dead know Brooklyn
Nov. 16, 2013, 5:11 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
pookie -- hope that this poor dolphin is seeing better parts of Bklyn in the afterlife.
Nov. 17, 2013, 3:29 pm
pookie da lion from slip slope says:
Brooklyn is the land this cat loves but ed - heaven - no way jose
Nov. 17, 2013, 5:20 pm

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