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US Dead dolphins with gunshot, stab wounds wash ashore, authorities want to know why

17:50  12 february  2020
17:50  12 february  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Federal authorities are offering a ,000 award for help figuring out what happened. NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement said biologists discovered a dead dolphin in Naples last week. In May 2019, a dead dolphin was found along Captiva Island near Fort Myers with a fatal puncture wound in its head.

Officials say dolphins had what looked like bullet wounds . Dead mammals found in waters off Naples and Pensacola. Associated Press in St Petersburg. Also last week, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge found a dolphin with a bullet in its left side along Pensacola Beach in the Florida Panhandle.

Two dolphins -- one with a gunshot wound to the face and another with a stab wound to the head -- have washed up on Florida shores and authorities are now offering a hefty award to help figure out who did this to them and why.

a fish jumping out of the water: On Feb. 11, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement offered a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent deaths of two dolphins in Florida.© Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission On Feb. 11, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement offered a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent deaths of two dolphins in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made a grisly discovery last week in Naples, Florida, when a dead dolphin washed ashore with a massive wound to its face.

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At least eight dead sea lions with bullet holes have been found since September. It's illegal to shoot marine Between 1998 and 2017, nearly 700 California sea lions were found with gunshot and stab wounds in California, Oregon and Washington. "We know that seals and sea lions now in Puget

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“The animal was fatally wounded from what appeared to be a bullet and/or a sharp object,” said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a statement. “Within the same week, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge experts recovered a dolphin with a bullet in its left side along Pensacola Beach, Florida.”

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These incidents follow a discovery off of Captiva Island, Florida, last May of a dolphin that was found dead on the coast with a fatal puncture wound to its head.

Officials are now offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction of the person or people responsible for the heinous crimes.

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Wash ., including six with gunshot wounds and another discovered Tuesday with its head cut off, according to conservation groups. Since September, at least 13 dead California sea lions have been reported dead along the shores of Puget Sound near Seattle, including six with gunshot wounds

Other dolphins which have washed ashore along northern Gulf Coast have had missing jaws and hacked off This bottlenose dolphin was found dead along the coastline of Mississippi after being shot . 'I don't know who to suspect I was really sickened when I read about it,' said Tom Becker

Biologists believe that these cases could stem from humans feeding wild dolphins and are encouraging the public to refrain from doing so.

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“Dolphins fed by people learn to associate people and boats with food, which can put them in harmful situations,” the NOAA. “Dolphins may suffer fatal impacts from boat strikes, entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear, and acts of intentional harm like these. You can prevent harm to wild dolphins by not feeding or attempting to feed them.”

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Officials mystified after dolphins wash ashore along northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds , missing jaws and ALONG THE GULF COAST Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along "I don't know who to suspect I was really sickened when I read about it," said Tom Becker

Dead —and sometimes mutilated— dolphins have been turning up in recent months off the shores of In addition to those with gunshot wounds , several mutilated dolphins — with severed heads Indeed, the ocean swallows up much of the evidence that would help authorities prosecute crimes

The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits anybody from attempting to harass, hunt, kill or feed wild dolphins and is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration actively enforce these rules and recent prosecutions include a Kansas man being fined $1,250 for feeding a dolphin while on vacation in Florida and a conviction and jail sentence of a fishing captain who made homemade pipe bombs and threw them at dolphins.

Since 2002, at least 29 dolphins in the Southeast United States have been shot by guns or arrows or purposefully impaled with fishing spears, including four incidents within the past year.

Anybody with information regarding these cases are encouraged to contact the NOAA and tips may be left anonymously.

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