NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A dead dolphin was found Thursday in the Hudson River near the Chelsea Piers sports complex.

The animal was found floating near Pier 59 in the morning — days after a dolphin was spotted swimming in the Hudson.

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Scott Seisler, general manager of the marina at Chelsea Piers, told DNAinfo.com he found the dolphin about 7 a.m.

“We called the Coast Guard and tried to figure out what to do with it,” he told DNAinfo.com.”It’s sad, the poor little animal. I feel bad for the dolphin.”

Kimberly Durham of the Riverhead Foundation said a team from the foundation is bringing the dolphin’s carcass to the foundation’s facilities on Long Island.

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She said a necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death of the adult common dolphin.

The species generally travels offshore in large groups, so a common dolphin swimming alone close to shore is likely sick or injured, said Durham.

Durham requests that if anyone sees a marine mammal in distress, to call the foundation’s hotline at (631) 369-9829.

Above photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz

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