Video: East River Dolphin Spotted Near Queens (Or Is This A SECOND Dolphin?) – From Gothamist:
On Wednesday, a dolphin was spotted swimming around in the East River near 96th Street. Officials maintained that the bottlenosed dolphin wasn’t injured, and it fell off the radar midday Thursday. But this afternoon, the Riverhead Foundation was informed that a dolphin was spotted in distress on the other side of the East River, near Astoria, Queens. They’ve since established that the dolphin is not in distress—and it may very well be the same one from earlier this week!
“It appears to be an animal on the Queens side of the East River, so it could be the same animal that’s there,” Riverhead Foundation director Rob DiGiovanni told us. “It was free swimming and diving like the other one was doing.” He said the person, who initially called in the dolphin sighting around 4 p.m. Friday, claimed it was in distress. But after talking to them, DiGiovanni established that it wasn’t, since it was approximately 200 yards off the shore (and not onshore, as was first feared).
For now, Riverhead will continue monitoring the dolphin, and reassess the situation tomorrow. They say they don’t want to bring undue stress onto the animal by bringing boats near it if they don’t need to. “We don’t know why it would or wouldn’t be attracted there, but we don’t see anything that would be obstructing it from leaving the area,” DiGiovanni tells us.
John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper told Fox that the East River is not an ideal spot for a dolphin to end up: “Four hundred and fifty combined sewer overflows during rain events, 30 billion gallons during rain events, come just under 30 billion gallons of combined sewage and water off the streets, neither of which you would put in your aquarium or in your bathtub,” he explained.
HUGE MEGA-POD OF 100,000+ DOLPHINS, SEVEN MILES LONG BY FIVE MILES WIDE, OFF SAN DIEGO BAFFLES EXPERTSPosted: February 19, 2013
Parts Reprinted from The Mail Online:
A group of over 100,000 dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego caused a spectacle for nature watchers as they traveled together in an enormous pack. That figure was the extremely conservative estimate of the vessel’s skipper, Capt. Joe Dutra.
However this writer, with thousands of at-sea hours logged, marine biology experience, and a Master captain’s license estimated, highly un-scientifically, the megapod could contain upwards of from 4 to 10 million individuals, provided that a similar density to that displayed in the below photo was consistent over the entire 35 square nautical mile area described.
‘They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see,’ Dutra said after seeing the spectacle first hand.
Capt. Dutra, of Hornblower Cruises, was out on his daily tour with a boat full of nature watchers when he spotted the massive group of dolphins.
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‘I’ve seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever,’ he told the local NBC affiliate.
Dolphins typically travel in groups of anywhere between 15 and 200 which are called pods.
What Mr Dutra spotted on Thursday however is best described as a super mega pod given the astonishing size of the group.
He estimated that the trail of dolphins was seven miles long and five miles wide, and he was able to steer the boat alongside them for over an hour.
Experts are unable to pinpoint any specific reason as to why so many of the mammals were traveling together on this particular night, but noted the presence of a huge US Navy submarine base nearby.
‘They’re definitely social animals, they stick together in small groups. But sometimes, the schools come together,’ marine expert Sarah Wilkin told NBC.
At the end of February in 2012, an unspecified group of dolphins was spotted swimming about 65 miles north of San Diego, implying that there may be an unacknowledged migratory pattern.