The mutilated bodies of several dolphins found along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the past several spurs a criminal investigation. Authorities are trying to determine who is responsible for this.
At least six bottlenose dolphins with gunshot wounds have washed ashore along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the past several months. Some with missing body parts have also washed up. Because the killings have spanned several states, authorities doubt a single person is responsible.
Dolphins are covered by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a 1972 law that makes killing them punishable by up to $20,000 in fines for each violation and a year in prison.