Authorities Seek Info After Dolphin Found Impaled On Beach

Posted April 17, 2022 by with 1 comment

A Florida beach, of course. Via Orlando Sentinel:

Officials are asking for the public’s health to find who was responsible after the body of a dolphin was found on a Florida beach that had been impaled with a spear-like object when it was still alive.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement put the call out after the dead bottlenose dolphin was found on Fort Myers Beach on March 24.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the body and a necropsy revealed the wound above the adult female dolphin’s right eye had been inflicted before the animal died, the NOAA said.

Officials suspect the blow may have been delivered while the dolphin, which was lactating, was in a begging position, not a natural behavior most often associated with illegal feeding.