How sad to watch for nine hours, as the marine biologists from the Riverhead Foundation did, as a dolphin suffered in the waters of the Gowanus Canal ["Dolphin dies in B'klyn canal," News, Jan. 26].

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The dolphin was in trouble, and scientists should have been more aggressive. Had this been a child, the New York City police and fire departments would not have been afraid to jump into the mucky waters to save it.

Toni Tivers, Patchogue