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Letter: Dolphin's demise heartbreaking

A dolphin surfaces in the Gowanus Canal in

A dolphin surfaces in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The New York City Police Dept. said animal experts were waiting to see if the dolphin would leave on its own during the evening's high tide. If not, they plan to lend a hand on Saturday morning. (Jan. 25, 2013) Credit: AP

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].

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