FL - U.S. officials want to know who’s killing Florida dolphins

Who is responsible for killing the dolphins? That’s what authorities in Florida in the United States want to know, as they pursue new cases of intentional shootings while adding some important advice for everyone on how to avoid putting the dolphins at risk.

The beloved dolphins are not endangered or threatened in the U.S., as some species are in other parts of the world, but they are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It’s all the more reason why conservation officers and the public alike were dismayed to discover a dead dolphin with a bullet in its left side lying along Pensacola Beach, a popular spot on the Gulf of Mexico on the northwestern side of the Florida peninsula.

That dolphin’s remains were recovered last week by experts with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, an organization dedicated to rescuing injured wildlife. Then, according to the Office of Law Enforcement of NOAA Fisheries, the same thing happened again though hundreds of miles away.

“Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discovered a dead dolphin off Naples, Florida late last week,” the NOAA office said in a release. “The animal was fatally wounded from what appeared to be a bullet and/or a sharp object.”

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