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
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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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