UPDATE: Dolphin rescued near Colgate clock has died

Jersey City police help rescue dolphin near Colegate Clock.
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Jersey City police help rescue dolphin near Colegate Clock.

The dophin rescued on Monday from the Morris Canal has died.

NJ.com quoted Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, as saying the animal was young and underweight, and despite their best efforts, it died at the facility in South Jersey. He said a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

On July 15 at approximately 4:53 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU) responded to a call for a dolphin in distress within the shore line (Essex Street and Hudson Street) of the Morris Canal.

Upon arrival, the ESU officers were met by State Park Police and a Liberty Humane Society Animal Control Officer. The ACO was keeping the dolphin in place with a bed sheet in an attempt to keep it from crashing against the rocky shore line. JCPD Sgt. Mckenna entered the canal and assisted with controlling the dolphin. Officers secured the area and obtained equipment needed for the rescue and recovery. EMTs provided bed sheets to assist.

At approximately 7:10 p.m., Marine Mammal Stranding Center Staff arrived on scene and coordinated the recovery and transportation of the distressed dolphin. The dolphin was transported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ.

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