Dolphin Mutilations, Killings Continue [update]

Scientists from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport have responded to four dolphin strandings. And on Friday, a team went to Deer Island and found a second dolphin dead with a portion of his jaw missing.

A dolphin found dead earlier near Gautier had a 9mm bullet wound.

[Moby Solangi, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) executive director] said recovering the dolphins and performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death is heartbreaking for his staff.

“We think there’s someone or some group on a rampage,” he said. “They not only kill them but also mutilate them.”

Dolphins found shot, slashed and stabbed with tool in Gulf of Mexico. CBS News/Crimesider, 11/19/12.


Connected to when Some Asshole Shot a Dolphin?


[Erin] Fougeres [a marine mammal scientist for NOAA’s southeast office in St. Petersburg, Fla.] said five dolphins have been found shot. In Louisiana, two were shot in 2011 and one in 2012. And in Mississippi, three were found shot this year, the most recent one last week, which was first reported by the Sun-Herald newspaper.

Besides the shootings, a dolphin in Alabama was found with a screwdriver stuck in its head over the summer. Another in Alabama had its tail cut off, and that animal survived. Still others were missing fins or had cuts to their bodies.

UPDATE: Gulf Coast’s Dead Dolphins Remain A Mystery For Scientists (GRAPHIC PHOTO). HuffPo Crime, 11/19/12.

Woman Shot on Interstate Because Someone Gave a Driver The Finger

Police say the victim was one of eight people riding in a Volkswagen Jetta, which turned onto the interstate from Cliff Road. As the vehicle was accelerating down the freeway ramp, an SUV began tailgating the car. While still on the ramp, the driver of the Volkswagen slowed down, put his hand out his window and “gave the finger” to the trailing SUV, according to investigators.

Once on the interstate, the occupants of the SUV responded by moving to the right side of the Volkswagen and firing at least twice at the vehicle, police said.

Woman shot on I-35E in Eagan after drunk driver “gave the finger” to SUV. Eagen (MN) Patch, 10/29/12.

Teen Murders Homeless with 1989 Mercedes-Benz

Police allege that Carmen Elena Chavez of Los Angeles was drunk when her 1989 Mercedes-Benz careened onto the sidewalk where the two were sleeping.

Chavez had been speeding and attempted to navigate a turn when the vehicle spun out of control, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cleon Joseph said.

The two people, a man and woman, died at the scene, Joseph said. They have not yet been identified.

Teenage drunk driver kills two homeless people as they sleep on sidewalk, police say., 10/29/12.

Some Asshole Shot a Dolphin

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who shot the dolphin, according to a news release from NOAA Fisheries.

The dolphin’s body was found Saturday on the island, a state wildlife refuge just west of Grand Isle. It had been shot on the right side just behind its blowhole, and the bullet was found in its lung, said spokeswoman Allison Garrett.

NOAA: Dolphin found in Louisiana was shot to death., 9/25/12.

NOAA: Dolphin found in Louisiana was shot to death. FOX8News, 9/25/12.

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