Whale-Shooter Sought

A pilot whale washed up on a New Jersey beach and died soon thereafter. It had been shot, and the bullet lodged in its jaw caused an infection which prevented it from eating. The whale starved to death. It may have taken about a month for the starvation to occur, so authorities are not sure if the shooting took place in the waters off New Jersey or elsewhere. Anyone with information about the shooting should report the crime to the Office of Animal Welfare, or send an email message. If you have information about this crime, report it and help justice to be served.

If caught, the shooter could face a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000 according to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. No one knows if it was a worker on fishing boat, a drunken fool on a joyride or a wacko who enjoys hurting animals.  One speculation was that it could have been shark fisherman, because they typically carry guns of their boats.  The whale beached at Allenhurst, north of Asbury Park.  A .30 caliber bullet was found in its jaw. Given that the whale was injured and couldn’t eat, it might have been shot not far from New Jersey because it might not have been able to move at a normal speed. The whale was found to be several hundred pounds underweight when its body was studied. The only good news related to this terrible event is that short-finned pilot whales are not endangered. In fact, there may be tens of thousands distributed around the world. Even so, they are still protected in U.S. waters, due to various human activities that damage their populations.

Image Credit: NOAA Photo Library

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Aleksandra K.
Past Member 3 years ago

people are so stupid

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago

hope they find the sob who did this!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Well said, Terri!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago


Patrish Dehler
Patricia Dehler3 years ago

Let me put a shot in that human's jaw.....well in my thoughts anyway. A tragic death!

TerriT Y.
Terri Y.3 years ago

A year in prison and a huge fine is NOT ENOUGH!!!
We need to make the laws tougher and enforce them.
Someone knows who shot this whale.
Please do the right thing and turn the jerk in.
On top of everything else, he /she needs to be forced to take Whale Education classes and also have to do community service either going around the schools or docks educating others about shooting whales OR working in a sealife rehab center trying to save injured animals of the oceans.
Put some GOOD to go with the BAD.

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W.3 years ago

people even shoot whales now? woah

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

sad.....hope the scum is caught

paula eaton
paula eaton3 years ago

I hope this SOB is caught.

Karen Perkins
Karen Perkins3 years ago

No idiot quite compares to the idiot with a gun.