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Dolphins spotted in the Bronx River in New York

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Dolphins are swimming back to New York’s Bronx River for the first time in more than five years.

On Monday, a pair of dolphins were spotted in the river, which runs through southeast New York, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The department posted a video of the cetaceans floating in the water at Starlight Park on Twitter.

“That’s right, dolphins have been spotted in the Bronx River this week!” writes the department. “This is great news – it shows that the decades-long effort to restore the river as a healthy habitat is working. We think these dolphins naturally found their way to the river in search of fish.

The department encouraged New Yorkers to “welcome these dolphins to the Boogie Down.”

But despite the temptation to get a closer look at the aquatic animals, the department also advised viewers to “make sure they are comfortable during their visit by giving them space and not disturbing them.” .

This is the first time dolphins have been seen in the Bronx River since 2017, the department told CNN via email. Dolphins were spotted in the East River just last year.

The department explained that it replenishes the river with gaspereau and other fish, which likely attracted dolphins.

The Bronx River Alliance, a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore the river, also confirmed the social media sightings.

“There seem to be more pods of dolphins swimming near NY Harbor!” wrote the association. “We don’t know why, but the authorities are investigating their presence further and we will update you as soon as we have more information.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, bottlenose dolphins are found off the west and east coasts, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The species are protected nationwide under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits feeding or harassing the animals. They have faced population decline due to habitat destruction, pollution, and entanglement with fishing gear.

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