“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.”
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!”
“On Wednesday, a dolphin was spotted swimming around in the East River near 96th Street. Then on Friday, a dolphin was spotted on the other side of the East River near Astoria. Officials from the Riverhead Foundation weren’t sure whether it was the same dolphin or a second one, but members of the North Brooklyn Boat Club took to the water yesterday and confirmed there are TWO dolphins currently hanging out in the East River. And like a lot of Manhattan residents, the bottlenosed dolphin from the Upper East Side has moved to Greenpoint.
“We paddled out today and saw the dolphin further south—near Greenpoint,” North Brooklyn Boat Club member Willis Elkins told us. Despite the snowy conditions, they spotted the second dolphin uptown: “Kayakers from our club also spotted a second, and smaller, dolphin north from where we were in the canoe—near the Queensboro bridge on the west channel,” he said.”