Mutilated dolphins found along Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida — Missing body parts, screwdriver wounds (VIDEOS)

Published: November 30th, 2012 at 8:32 am ET


Title: Race on to find Gulf Coast dolphin killers
Source: CNN
Author:  Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris
Date: November 28, 2012

Someone has turned a crucial dolphin birthing area off the U.S. Gulf Coast into a killing zone  […]

“This is gruesome really,” [Moby Solangi, lead biologist of The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi] said. “It’s not only killing them, it’s 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.” […]

Lt. Col. Claude Pittman, who patrols in the area of the killings for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said he hasn’t seen a dolphin shot in his 22 years of work. But these dolphin killings are making him fearful. […]

List of Deaths

  • January 8 with a bullet wound on Deer Island, near Biloxi, Mississippi

  • June, a bottlenose dolphin was found in Perdido Bay, Florida, near the Florida-Alabama state line, with a screwdriver stuck in its head

  • September, one was found on Elmers Island, Louisiana, with a gunshot wound

  • October 10, a dolphin was found on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama with its fluke cut off

  • On November 6, a dolphin was found in near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, dead from numerous cuts

  • [November 9] two more were discovered; another one with bullet wounds near Ocean Springs, and one on Ship Island, a remote barrier island off Biloxi, Mississippi, that was found with its jaw cut off

  • Authorities are still trying to determine if a dead dolphin found November 2, in Bayou Julia, Louisiana, is linked to the other killings

“To shoot a dolphin just doesn’t seem credible” -Jeff Terry, UK tourist on CBS

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Published: November 30th, 2012 at 8:32 am ET


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49 comments to Mutilated dolphins found along Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida — Missing body parts, screwdriver wounds (VIDEOS)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    This must be stopped. Patrol the birthing areas, bring in the Navy, utilize satellite surveillance, etc, etc.

  • or-well

    CNN informs of a posssible deranged dolphin killer.
    Sickened coastal residents, ongoing lack of needed ongoing cleanup, ongoing poisoning of marine life from BP spill, not so much.

    • jec jec

      Is it possible the person(s) involved are suffering mental issues –from the situation or from chemical unbalance? Guess when they are caught..we will find out–IF they are caught. So terrible, this is like killing a dolphins are the children of the sea. Torture and maiming is awful, I hope the perps are caught..

      • Sol Man

        The dispersents are a collection of voc's. Recalling one in particular, methylene chloride, used as a furniture stripper, is potent stuff; that it causes a loss of memory.
        Who can say how being around these things in the air constantly effects the ability of people to think?! These things could certainly cause chemical imbalance, and they are in the air daily, in every breath!

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Although I do not like to judge, this is truly sick and the individual or sss responsible needs help now. Wild life is suffering enough from mans greed and insatiable need for power.

    • Quote: "CNN informs of a possible deranged dolphin killer" Are they implying that it could possibly be dolphin-on-dolphin crime? Deranged, as opposed to "normal" killer? If you kill a dolphin with a screwdriver how can you NOT be deranged? News at 11


      spot-on or-well…

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Anyone heard of Dolphin Bay in Japan?

    Thousands of dolphins slaughtered for food each year… ocean turns red with blood.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    This happens in quite few places worldwide…

    Humans LOVE killing intelligent species and eating them..

    If we had intelligent aliens show up today, we would probably organize hunting parties, kill them and then eat them, and/or make trophies out of them.

    No wonder we get no OPEN contacts from other intelligent life in the cosmos….

  • This makes me want to vomit, but that's mankind for you; vile and disgusting right up to the end. Perhaps mankind doesn't deserve to be on this planet. (looks like we won't be for much longer)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Just thinking here that, this makes a "good" cover for the fact that corexit has decimated the dolphins already, as I just can't wrap my mind around the notion that someone would do this without reason.
    Anyone look at the logistics of one person doing all these incidents? Timeframe and location…
    I mean, look who we are dealing with, in the BP disaster, documented criminals…

  • Ron

    It's sad and scary to realize that there are devils among us. People who enjoy hurting the innocent for the fun of it or simply to spite others.

    May they rot in hell.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    I'm convinced that this is the deliberate work of someone in some type of medical or research or drug pharma-type situation. They are doing this deliberately to harvest the skin, blood, organs or whatnot. It's disgusting, but it's not surprising.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Angry fisherman now seeing dolphins as big competition for dwindling resources, especially in light of the BP oil spill. Same thing happened in Oregon with protecting the Spotted Owl. Loggers started to shoot them in their nests, raid the nests of the hatchlings and display the dead owls on their truck bumpers. Not all that infrequent an unreasoned human response. These fellows are told the problem is the dolphins or the birds, not the greedy fu–s taking their jobs and money and leaving them a barren wasteland to boot.

    • Sol Man

      Talk about a barren wasteland that would be the spirit, soul if you wish, of the people that do these things. They hold life in such low regard that they persuade themselves on some sick level that this kind of behavior is any kind of acceptable response.
      I am concerned that exposure to voc's effects the brains ability to function correctly and, like taking psychotropic drugs, you never know what kind of experience you may get, as well how it effects those around you.

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Sol Man, i tend to agree with you. If this is angry fishermen blaming the dolphins or any other animal that eats the fisherman's dwindling catch, they will have rationalized that human life, especially their own life, IS the only life to hold in high regard. In my own experience following these kinds of attacks on animals, they seem to be the highest after an election that some might believe the winning party favors animals rights over human rights. Of course, animals have very, very few rights, and animals that are eaten have no rights. Add in the VOC's, and a spirit probably already iffy in terms of how much compassion it can contain and express at the moment, a little freakin' out as the economy gets harder, and we see all sorts of horrible acts.

      • @Sol Man, A very profound statement. Thank you.

        With everything happening you couldn't pay me enough to eat seafood. Perhaps they should look at farm raising fish in above ground containers? I know if IS done in the south.

        • I've looked into it to raise talapia or catfish.

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          With what water? Fish farms need a constant supply of fresh water.

          The Gulf is totally polluted.. so not THAT water.

          Most rivers and lakes contain acids and contamination from nuclear plants, chemical plants, drug residues from going through people, hormones, insecticides, heavy metals, laundry detergent residues, farm chemicals runoff water, and more… so not THAT water..

          Maybe we can raise fish that need no water… ???

          • Well, of course that's IF you have drinkable water. If you have drinkable water, then you can aqua farm in containers. Anything has to be better than getting fish directly from the Gulf, wouldn't you say? I'm just saying.. instead of fishing in a polluted Gulf and killing dolphins for the remaining fish that might be alive, think about farming. Hell, FEMA or BP would send a couple on tanker trucks of water for affected fisherman, wouldn't they, LOL

    • Blame the dolphins. Awesome.

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        JHewes76, in Portland, sportsfishermen blame the sea lions for eating too many salmon that get stuck at the darn dam cuz it's too high for the fish to climb over, so they shoot them. Of course, the fishermen are making what's called a hog line where they create a solid line of boats across the river. Salmon don't stand a chance getting through one of those. But, the turbines eat most of the fish. Oh, and when they dredged the river and piled all the sand into a manmade island, a bunch of terns showed up and they eat a good amount, too, especially the wee baby smotes. Yep, apparently many people think the wildlife is responsible for human greed and stupidity.

  • stinkyperfume stinkyperfume

    collecting body parts probably means they are doing sampling tests on the organs of these animals.