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Cute or spooky? Underwater pictures earn seal of approval in contest

(Photos: Kyle McBurnie, Joseph Tepper, Laura Rock)

How could you resist a cute harbor seal looking at you from a kelp forest off the California coast? The judges for the 2013 Underwater Photography Contest clearly couldn’t: They chose Kyle McBurnie’s picture of a soulful seal as the competition’s top image.

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Injured dolphin dies after being stranded in polluted New York City canal

(Photo: Richard Drew / AP)

An injured dolphin that became stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal died Friday, officials said.

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Dolphin stranded in New York canal

(Photo: NBC New York)

Authorities in New York City have responded to a dolphin that’s become stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Friday. 

Live helicopter video from showed the sea mammal bobbing up and down in the canal’s murky water — which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared a Superfund site in 2010 because it contained a ”century’s worth” of pollutants.

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Kriss Kringle feeds dolphins in Japan

(Photo: Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with a dolphin at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 27, 2012. The underwater feeding session involving divers dressed as Santa will take place every day until Christmas.