A dolphin was impaled with a ‘spear-shaped object’ in Florida

The bottlenose dolphin was found dead in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. NOAA first learned of the animal on March 24, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff recovered the animal, the agency said in a news release.

An examination determined that the dolphin had been impaled with a “spear-shaped” object above its right eye while still alive. The dolphin, a lactating adult female, died as a result of the trauma.

According to NOAA, the dolphin’s injury indicates he was killed while in a “begging” position that “is frequently associated with illegal feeding.” Feeding dolphins can threaten the animals’ health and sometimes cause them to become aggressive towards humans, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

NOAA told CNN that as of April 29, there are no new leads in the case.

All witnesses are asked to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964.

Feeding, harming, harassing and killing wild dolphins is prohibited in the United States under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, says NOAA, and violations are punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and up to 1 year in prison per violation.


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