United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced reward for helping to find the man who killed the dolphin on the beach near Naples in Florida. A dolphin with a wound, either from a sharp object, or from a bullet, was discovered last week by biologists.
Earlier, a dolphin was discovered on the beach of Pensacola County in Florida with similar damage that led to his death. In May 2019, another dolphin with a deep stab wound was found dead on an island nearby.
Since 2002, in the southeastern United States, 29 dolphins have died from gunshot or knife wounds.
The NOAA emphasizes that illegal feeding of wild dolphins leads them to seek people and risk “fatal consequences from hitting boats, entanglement or ingestion of fishing gear, as well as acts of intentional harm such as these.”
Dolphin feeding, hunting and killing are punishable by fines of up to $ 100,000 and imprisonment of up to a year. In 2009, a man was convicted who threw home-made bombs at dolphin schools.