Clues sought to shooting deaths of four dolphins
By Terry Rodgers
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
10:47 a.m. June 15, 2007
OCEANSIDE – Someone shot and killed four dolphins off the North County coast, and federal authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for any information about who did it.
The bodies of four long-beaked common dolphins were discovered between May 29 and June 5 at various locations between Carlsbad state Beach and Oceanside Harbor.
The dolphins appeared to have been dead for no more than a week. A fifth dolphin carcass was also found but authorities don't know how it died.
Their carcasses were taken to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration facility in La Jolla for analysis.
Intentional killings of dolphins are rare along U.S. coastlines, said Mark Oswell, an enforcement agent for the National Marine Fisheries Service
“We get about one report per year of this type of incident for the entire country,” he said. “To have five dolphins turn up dead like this in a short time span is pretty unusual.”
Fisheries investigators ask anyone with information about the shootings to call (619) 557-5494 or (800) 853-1964.
Intentionally killing a dolphin can result in a fine of as much as $20,000 and possible jail time.
This is an extremely disturbing story. My guess is redneck fisherman who didn't like competing with dolphins for yellowtail tuna.