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Canoeing a Superfund Site
Where else but in Brooklyn can you take a canoe trip down a toxic canal? As crazy as it may sound, the Gowanus Canal is actually quite beautiful to explore by boat, where you'll have an up close look at the mix of industrial sites and natural beauty that make this area of Brooklyn so unique. The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club will take you on a tour where you might see wildlife including "ducks, seagulls, herons, geese, egrets, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, fiddler crabs, baby flounder, shrimp, mussels, killifish, jellyfish and a raccoon that has established residency near [the] launch site." This is also an activity designed to impress other people, who will no doubt say, "You went boating where? Weren't you afraid of falling in and becoming radioactive?" And you can just feel all smug about it and talk about the three-eyed fish you think you saw, but didn't get a chance to snap a picture of.
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club; gowanuscanal.org