“Last week we told you about a dolphin sighting in the east river, turns out there was not one but two. Just two days after the first one was spotted, another dolphin was spotted on the other side of the river. Yesterday members of the north Brooklyn boat club took to the water to find both dolphins hanging out together. Both appear healthy and a little lost.
“A second dolphin was spotted over the weekend in the East River bringing the total to two mammals in unfamiliar territory.
Members of the North Brooklyn Boat Club spotted both dolphins. Willis Elkins and Fung Lim shot video of one of the dolphins just off 23rd Street in Manhattan.
“It was very close to our shores. It seemed pretty healthy. We kept an eye on it for 1.5 hours,” said Elkins.
Video of the dolphin shows it making its way past the canoe the pair was riding in.
It was a rare opportunity for the club members more accustomed to other finds.
“We document stuff from the mussels to the beards so seeing a dolphin would be a peak,” said Elkins.”
On Saturday, March 16th, a few members of the North Brooklyn Boat Club paddled out on a snowy and foggy afternoon to look for the dolphin recently sighted in the East River. They didn’t have to paddle far, as the mammal was just off our North Brooklyn shores. The boat club has seen some amazing wildlife on birdwatching trips and with the filter feeder working group in partnership with Newtown Creek Alliance, but this is an exciting first. The photos and footage here was captured from a canoe near the shores of Greenpoint. Continue reading
While the St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, a scene unfolded in the East River that might have been more common in the eighteenth century; canoeists met a dolphin in a gentle snowfall. T Willis Elkins shot the footage on Saturday: “I paddled out with fellow members of the North Brooklyn Boat Club in snowy and foggy conditions to try and find the recently sighted dolphin in the East River. And we did!”