dolphins killed in Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, Who the Fuck Are These Asshats?

“We need help,” [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration special agent Gregg Houghaboom] said, in tracking down who shot these protected mammals. “We have zero leads…zero responses from the public. We’re hoping someone will have heard something about these cases or saw something on Facebook.”

The pregnant bottlenose dolphin was found dead on Miramar Beach in Choctawhatchee Bay, near Destin around Nov. 21.

A necropsy, or non-human autopsy, revealed the dolphin died of a gunshot wound to her upper right side, likely with a small caliber firearm. She was within weeks of giving birth. The bullet was discovered lodged in the dolphin’s lung. It’s possible the dolphin may have been shot one to two days before it was found dead, NOAA officials said.

A second dolphin was found on Sunday on Orange Beach with a hunting arrow in its side.

It’s the same type of arrow used in deer hunting, Haughaboom said.

Based on preliminary results of a necropsy, it appears the dolphin lived with the arrow in its side for at least five days before eventually dying from a secondary infection caused by the wound.

Whale Dolphin Conservation Society, a worldwide charity whose mission is conservation of whales and dolphins, is offering a $2,500 reward in the pregnant dolphin’s death.

On its online news feed at us.whales.org, it stated it began the reward program last year in response to a large number of “illegal and cruel” acts of humans killing dolphins.

One of the deaths that spurred the society to take action was the dolphin found dead in Perdido Bay in June 2012 with a screwdriver lodged in its head.

Late Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust offered up a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the dolphin killed with an arrow.

According to the Humane Society, this is at least the 13th dolphin shot since 2010.

NOAA investigating violent deaths of dolphins. Pensacola News-Journal, 12/10/2014.

HT: Who are the sick bastards violently killing dolphins in the Northern Gulf of Mexico?. boingboing.net, 12/8/2014.

 

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