Photos from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday that its Office of Law Enforcement and agency partners are offering a reward of up to $54,000 for information leading to the arrests of the people responsible for the recent deaths of two dolphins in Florida.
As previously reported by WAN, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently discovered a dead dolphin off the coast of Naples, Florida. The animal was fatally wounded from what appeared to be a bullet and or sharp object. Within the same week, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge experts recovered a dolphin with a bullet wound in the left side of its head along Pensacola Beach, Florida.
Another dolphin with a fatal puncture wound to its head was found dead off Captiva Island, Florida, in May 2019. That investigation is ongoing and also offers a reward for information leading to an arrest.
NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and its agency partners are offering combined rewards of up to $54,000, ($34,000 from their partners and up to $20,000 from NOAA). They are looking for information leading to the:
Successful identification and/or
Successful prosecution for the person(s) responsible and/or
Arrest, conviction or civil penalty assessment.