Coast Guard Assists Stranded Baby Baleen Whale in Brooklyn

Coast Guard crews assisted an endangered baby Baleen Whale that was discovered in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., today. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation learned of the baby whale, described as very young, possibly pre-juvenile or neonatal, surfacing near merchant vessels in the Gowanus Canal earlier today. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by BM1 Thomas D'Amore

NEW YORK–The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in the rescue of a baby Baleen whale stranded today in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Baleen whales are an endangered species.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation learned of the baby whale, described as very young, possibly pre-juvenile or neonatal, surfacing near merchant vessels in the Gowanus Canal earlier today. A Coast Guard Station New York 41-foot rescue boat crew on routine harbor patrol nearby was diverted and provided NY DEC access to the whale.

Doctors from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation in Riverhead, N.Y., arrived to assess the calf’s health using underwater listening devices before attempting any type of physical rescue.

The Coast Guard boat crew remained on scene until being relieved by New York City Police marine units.

For more information on the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation please visit http://www.riverheadfoundation.org/.

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