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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:47 PM

Inquiry widens into Gulf of Mexico dolphins' killings

Source: New York Times

Published Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm / Updated at 1:09 pm
Inquiry widens into Gulf of Mexico dolphins' killings
The New York Times

ATLANTA — An investigation into the mysterious killing of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico is gaining momentum, with a federal agent now in charge of the case and a $30,000 reward for catching the killer or killers.

Since the summer, six dead dolphins have washed ashore with bullet wounds, severed fins and jaws, and stab wounds. The latest was a dolphin found off the coast of Mississippi with its lower jaw missing.
Whether the deaths were caused by the same group or person is not known, but federal investigators are turning to the public for help.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has called on fishermen and beachgoers to report any dead or injured dolphins. Forensic experts at the agency are testing the slugs removed from the animals to determine if they come from the same gun.

More than 700 dolphins have been found dead of various causes in the Gulf since February 2010. But scientists say that deliberate, violent deaths are rare.

“These are senseless, repugnant acts,” said Moby Solangi, executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. “These dolphins are mutilated in a way that no animal is in the wild.”



Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20121123/AP09/121129844

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Reply Inquiry widens into Gulf of Mexico dolphins' killings (Original post)
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 OP
glacierbay Nov 2012 #1
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #10
glacierbay Nov 2012 #15
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #18
AAO Nov 2012 #11
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #2
Mangoman Nov 2012 #3
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #4
navarth Nov 2012 #5
progressoid Nov 2012 #6
CindyinIndy Nov 2012 #7
Unknown Beatle Nov 2012 #8
bvar22 Nov 2012 #9
rwsanders Nov 2012 #12
Curmudgeoness Nov 2012 #13
CrispyQ Nov 2012 #16
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #17

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:56 PM

1. I hope they catch these worthless excuses of human beings

 

and prosecute them to the full extent of the law and the harshest penalty available. There is NO excuse for this. Dolphins are highly evolved, intelligent gentle animals.



Why in the world would anyone want to injure or kill such beautiful animals?

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:16 PM

10. +1

"Dolphins are highly evolved, intelligent gentle animals."

Unlike the human animals that are killing them!

Beautiful picture.
Thanks.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:43 AM

15. You're very welcome

 

They really are very remarkable animals and I just don't understand how anyone could harm or kill such a beautiful creature.

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:25 PM

18. I feel like I am right there and can feel the water on my face!

That is another picture of beauty in motion!

I guess we live in a world that for some,and I hope it is only a few, destroying life
has no meaning to them! Some just have the need to take from us what is good, precious and truly beautiful. So very Sad.

The Dolphins are Magnificent!

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:16 PM

11. Murderers! Lock them up and throw away the key.

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Response to AAO (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:37 AM

14. I hope they can save the taxpayers the expense.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:56 PM

2. Whoever did these killings is sick beyond words. Horrible. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:36 PM

3. How sad.

 

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Response to Mangoman (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:54 PM

4. Yes it is sad. Welcome to DU!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:18 PM

5. For the life of me I can't figure out

why somebody would do that. Senseless, sick. WTF is wrong with people?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:38 PM

6. “These are senseless, repugnant acts,”

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:40 PM

7. This makes me sick beyond words!

Hope they get to the bottom of this, fast! Who would do this?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:41 PM

8. Whoever did this

is mentally sick beyond words. Dolphins like to travel alongside boats, so the asshole that did this was probably within arms reach of the docile mammals. These actions piss me off to no end! Fucking psychopaths!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:08 PM

9. I would suspect a local fisherman or fishermen.

Some of them feel they compete with dolphins for fish.
The missing lower jaw may be significant,
as this would prevent the dolphin from eating.

This is pure speculation on my part,
beyond being familiar with the Gulf Coast and some of the local fishermen
who HATE dolphins,
I have no hard evidence to support my speculation.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:27 PM

12. Anyone else ever read "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World?

Basic story is this...
Big corporations tell the small fisherman that regulations are BAD.
Big corporations fish the oceans clean.
Big corporations move on to other resources that can be stripmined and local fishermen are left with a collapsed economy.
The sequel is that fishermen want someone or something to blame and begin taking it out of other wildlife (canadian harp seal hunt is another example).
I once found an injured sea lion on a beach in CA and couldn't get anyone to come. Next time I'll say it is a stellar's sea lion (endangered) and it will get a more rapid response.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:22 PM

13. They are killing beings who are more intelligent than they are.

This is a sick and demented act. I cannot imagine what they are doing this for, besides kicks.....and that makes them useless pieces of shit.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:24 PM

16. No words.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:29 PM

17. Very sad story.

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