BATH BEACH, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A wayward dolphin was spotted in a southern Brooklyn creek Thursday, and police tried — but failed to get the animal to safe waters.
The NYPD Emergency Service Unit along with members of Harbor Patrol responded to the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn in an attempt to divert the dolphin out of Coney Island Creek.
The NYPD moved a boom flotation that serves as a retainer, hoping that the adjustment of the boom would be the opening the dolphin needed to find the harbor in the midst of low tide. High tide was slated for 5 p.m.
The dolphin, however, had other ideas. It turned and swam in the opposite direction, away from the pathway to open waters.
Eyewitness accounts reported seeing the dolphin splashing near the shoreline late in the afternoon and then going underwater. It was not seen surfacing again.
Police were forced to halt their rescue attempts due to darkness.
The dolphin’s state of health is not yet clear, but the fact that it is wandering near the shore is often an indication of a fatal illness.