Dolphin Found Shot To Death On California Beach

A dolphin was found shot to death on Manhattan Beach, California on Nov. 9.

Peter Wallerstein, founder and president of Marine Animal Rescue, told BuzzFeed News that he received a call about a stranded dolphin, but he and a lifeguard found the mammal floating in the surf:

I saw a little hole in the side. It’s an act of brutality. We deal with a lot of seal lions shot. Very rarely dolphins. Sea lions steal the bait off boats, they interfere. They shouldn’t be shot or killed though.  For dolphins, it’s an act of brutality. That’s all it is. They don’t interfere with fishing, apart from maybe the squid nets.

A veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles did a radiograph and confirmed it was a bullet wound.

Marine Animal Rescue posted a picture of the dolphin on Facebook and a caption:

Upon rescue and examination, Dr. Palmer found that the dolphin died from a bullet wound. There is NO excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals. We are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person that shot the dolphin. Your help is appreciated.

(Sources: BuzzFeed News, Marine Animal Rescue/Facebook)

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