Dolphin Found Dead on Louisiana Beach with Multiple Gunshot Wounds, NOAA Offering $20,000 Reward

TAMPA, Fla. – Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information after a dolphin was discovered shot to death on a Louisiana beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Services are leading the investigation into the tragic incident that occurred on West Mae’s Beach in Cameron Parish, Louisiana on March 13. The juvenile bottlenose dolphin was found with “multiple bullets” lodged in its “brain, spinal cord, and heart.”

A necropsy conducted on the dolphin confirmed that the cause of death was due to trauma inflicted at or near the time of death. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is actively investigating the case and appealing to the public for any information that could lead to the apprehension or identification of those responsible. The agency is offering a substantial reward for any information that results in an arrest or the imposition of a civil penalty.

It is crucial to note that harassing, hunting, killing, or feeding wild dolphins is strictly prohibited under federal law. Violators can face severe consequences, including fines of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to one year per violation. NOAA urges anyone with information regarding this disturbing incident to contact the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 800-853-1964 to aid in the investigation.

The disturbing discovery of the dolphin’s death has sparked outrage and concern among animal welfare advocates and environmentalists. The senseless act of violence against a defenseless marine mammal has raised questions about the need for stricter enforcement of laws protecting wildlife and the marine environment.

As investigations continue, authorities are working diligently to uncover the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the dolphin. The reward offered by NOAA serves as an incentive for individuals to come forward with any relevant information that could assist in bringing justice for the innocent animal.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the threats faced by marine wildlife and the importance of upholding regulations to safeguard these vulnerable species. The public’s assistance is crucial in holding accountable those responsible for such senseless acts of cruelty towards marine animals.