Three more dolphins have washed up on Mississippi shore
More dolphins have washed ashore after multiple dolphins were found shot, stabbed, and mutilated last month.
Last month’s deaths were in Jackson and Harrison Counties in Mississippi. It is unsure whether these dolphins died in the same way. There was a head of a dolphin found on Horn Island on Friday and a whole dolphin found washed up near Gulfport, Mississippi on Saturday, according to Associated Press.
Another dolphin had also been found washed up on shire according to CNN. This year alone there have been 10 dolphins found dead from Louisiana to Florida. Three were from this past weekend and the other seven were shot, stabbed, or mutilated.
Moby Solangi, a biologist at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, said, “We have submitted those results to the federal enforcement officers, who are going to do additional exams or testing to further clarify the cause of death.”
The Marine Mammal Protection Act states that anyone who kills a dolphin can be sentenced to one year in prison and face up to $100,000 in fines. It is also illegal under this law to feed wild dolphins.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the deaths of the dolphins.