Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dead dolphin found in Tokyo River

A dolphin, believed to be the same one spotted earlier this month in the Arakawa river in Tokyo, was found dead Monday in an adjoining river in Kita Ward, Tokyo, local officials said.

Alerted by a local resident that a dolphin was floating on the surface of the Shinkashigawa river, the Tokyo metropolitan government sent a patrol vessel and found the animal at 10:10 a.m. in the Sumidagawa river, which merges with the lower part of the Shinkashigawa river.

The dolphin was then pulled out of water, the officials said, adding that it was already dead.
Earlier this month, a pacific white-sided dolphin was often spotted in the Arakawa and nearby rivers in Tokyo.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"