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Who’s Murdering Dolphins in the Gulf Of Mexico?

Who’s Murdering Dolphins in the Gulf Of Mexico?

Someone is on a killing spree in the middle of†a crucial dolphin birthing area off the U.S. Gulf Coast.†Between Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, you’d think wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico were overdue for a break, but instead the chaos continues. A person or persons is murdering these highly-intelligent sea creatures in a shocking manner, and authorities need your help to bring them to justice.

“Since the summer, six dead dolphins have washed ashore with bullet wounds, severed fins and jaws, and stab wounds,” reports the New York Times. “The latest was a dolphin found off the coast of Mississippi with its lower jaw missing.”

Necropsies of all the slaughtered dolphins reveal not only that this person is intent on killing them, but also mutilating their carcasses.†ďIt looks like somebody is deranged. Itís really senseless. Itís repugnant. Itís illegal. I donít understand what sort of person would do such a cruel act,Ē Moby Solangi, lead biologist of The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi told CNN during an aerial tour of the sites where many of the dolphin carcasses were found.

Fox reports that the first dolphin was found January 8 with a bullet wound on Deer Island, near Biloxi, Mississippi. In June, a bottlenose dolphin was found in Perdido Bay, Florida, near the Florida-Alabama state line, with a screwdriver stuck in its head. In September, one was found on Elmers Island, Louisiana, with a gunshot wound. On October 10, a dolphin was found on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama with its fluke cut off.†More than 700 dolphins have been found dead of various causes in the gulf since February 2010. Many†were attributed to the BP oil spill, but none showed signs of murder the way the recently found carcasses do.

ďThis is gruesome really,Ē Solangi said. ďItís not only killing them, itís also mutilating them. And the parts that are taken are disposed of; not next to the animal, they are taken. And they are not worth anything.Ē

It’s not yet clear if the killings are the act of a single person or multiple people, but Federal officers are asking the public for help. If you live in the Gulf coast area, and have reason to believe that someone is involved in illegal actions toward dolphins, please report them to local authorities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has also called on fishermen and beachgoers to report any dead or injured dolphins. Forensic experts at the agency are testing the slugs removed from the animals to see if they come from the same gun.

Under the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, killing a dolphin is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in jail.

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8:09AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

It's too sad and terrible story. Stop this animal cruelty!!

5:21AM PDT on May 27, 2013

what the hell. those sick psychos!

2:15AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

How disgusting and truly sad, shame on the humans doing this!

3:58PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

6:12AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Hope they catch this freak.

7:08AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Please GOD make the abusers and murderers go away!

8:39AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Truly shocking and unbelievable that anyone could do this

10:16AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

very sad news, hope they get caught, thanks for sharing

8:31PM PST on Dec 12, 2012


9:03AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Why would anyone want to harm Dolphins, it's so senseless and shocking

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