Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dolphin in Coney Island Creek

A baby walrus may be the big star at the New York Aquarium, but a wayward dolphin stole the show in Coney Island yesterday.

The graceful aquatic mammal was spotted in Coney Island Creek by fishermen about 2 p.m. and it hung around for a couple of hours before swimming back out to sea.

Locals speculated the creature may have been looking for food, because the creek has been full of fish lately.

"We've been getting a lot of action here. The dolphin came, too," said Shariff Wrighton, 33, who fishes off the Kaiser Park pier every day.

"That dolphin was so big I thought it was a shark," said another fisherman, Gregory Whiticker, 43.
As word of Flipper's visit spread through the neighborhood, the curious came to the pier to see if the dolphin would resurface.

"It was so beautiful," said Ella Ignatovich, 42, who was there with her son.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"