Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Greetings from the beautiful Gowanus Canal!

This story is a bit off my usual beaten path, but #1) it's in my neighborhood, #2) it's a whale swimming in a notorious waterway best known for being an open industrial sewer with the worst pollution in NYC with the occasional mob hit victim floating like marshmallows in toxic cocoa, and #3) it gets depressing dealing with the stuff I generally write about. So godamnit, I'm gonna blog it!

Young Whale Wanders into NY Harbor | TIME

A minke whale swims in New York City's Gowanus canal, Tuesday, April 17, 2007..

Marine biologists were standing watch on Tuesday over a young whale that lost its way in New York harbor and nearly wandered into a narrow waterway notorious for industrial pollution.

The animal, described as a juvenile minke whale about 15 feet long, was cruising around Gowanus Bay, the outlet from the mile-long Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. It appeared to be in good health and not distressed, said Kim Durham, rescue program director for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

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