Remember those awful Gulf of Mexico dolphin killings we told you about earlier? They’re getting worse, with authorities now suspecting an individual or individuals may be responsible for the “rampage.”
In an effort to help bring the killers to justice, Captain Paul Watson, President and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is personally offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perps responsible.
“I regard the killing of a dolphin as murder, and what we appear to have on the Gold Coast is a dolphin serial killer,” Watson said in a statement. “I want this sadistic killer stopped, and I have set aside $20,000 of my own savings to be paid out to any person who delivers the evidence to find and convict this person or persons. Any person coming forward with evidence may remain anonymous and can communicate with NOAA, NMFS, or Gulf Coast law enforcement officials with this information.”
Besides the incident of the screwdriver we told you about in September (as well as those shot earlier in the summer), a dolphin washed ashore last Friday with its lower jaw missing; while another was discovered with its tail cut off.
“In my 30-plus years in this business, I’ve never seen anything so heartbreaking, cruel and senseless,” Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi told Reuters. “You hear about serial killers who chop up bodies and put the parts in the freezer. This is just as horrible, but involving defenseless animals.”
Watson’s reward adds on substantially to the original $5,000 offered by the Institute. If you have any information, visit the Sea Shepherd site here to contact them.
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