Dolphind Found Shot,Slashed, Stabed in Gulf or Mexico..

robert38-55robert38-55 Senior MemberPosts: 3,621 Senior Member
Remember a while back someone did a post here on the cruel and mis-treatment of the octopus they found on a beach, and put it on u-tube? Well I happen to think this is just as bad if not worse:

14 hr ago
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an alert for waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.




GULFPORT, Miss. — Authorities are investigating several attacks on dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws.

The Sun Herald reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a "heads up" directive. That puts officials on alert for an increase in human interaction with dolphins in the waters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Authorities say cases of gunshot wounds, mutilations and other injuries have been detected in recent months.

Scientists from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport have responded to four dolphin strandings. And on Friday, a team went to Deer Island and found a second dolphin dead with a portion of his jaw missing.

A dolphin found dead earlier near Gautier had a 9mm bullet wound.

"It went through the abdomen, into the kidneys and killed it," said Moby Solangi, IMMS executive director.

He said recovering the dolphins and performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death is heartbreaking for his staff.

"We think there's someone or some group on a rampage," he said. "They not only kill them but also mutilate them."

The public can help by reporting any information they may know about the mutilations, he said. He also asked recreational and commercial fishermen to be on the watch for anyone killing the dolphins.

Attacks on the dolphins carry fines and jail sentences.

Solangi said he doesn't know why anyone would want to kill the dolphins. "They already are under a lot of stress from the oil spill, the dead zone," he said. However, in the past fishermen and charter boat captains have been convicted of harming dolphins they thought were taking bait or fish.

http://news.msn.com/us/dolphins-found-shot-slashed-stabbed-in-gulf-of-mexico



When I live in NC, I would visit the coast every summer. Sometimes to fish,sometimes just to be a young man. I gained a huge respect for the Sea Creatures that live in our oceans. Dolphins are mammals by biological deffinition, they are extremely intelligent creatures of the deep. I wish they located and punish those who do this. PS, I love Sea horses too!!!!!!!
"It is what it is":usa:

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    At first I thought another member of the NFL was out gang-banging again and got slashed........:yikes:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    At first I thought another member of the NFL was out gang-banging again and got slashed........:yikes:

    Only you would think such a thing Big Chief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rotflmao::spittingcoffee::beer:
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Only you would think such a thing Big Chief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rotflmao::spittingcoffee::beer:

    Recently, an upstanding member of society and a Dallas Cowboy was arrested for whupping up on his own momma.......I saw Dolphin and figured it was a Miami Dolphin that was involved.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,192 Senior Member
    Every time I hear or read the word Dolphin, I think of that old 60's TV program called "Flipper" and wonder why someone would harm one of those cute, fairly innocuous critters, let alone a bunch of them.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,083 Senior Member
    If you are on a fishing spot and a dolphin shows up, you might as well leave, 'cause you won't land another fish. They are great at stealing a catch right off the hook. It gets frustrating, especially for a charter boat, when they get paid to land fish. I was on a spot catching 27" amberjack, 1" under legal. Every fish we tossed back was eaten by dolphins, those were about eight pound fish, too.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    Could have been caught in a net then killed as collateral damage to save the net .
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,664 Senior Member
    They need to ban fishing to stop the Dolphins from being shot.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,192 Senior Member
    Buford wrote: »
    They need to ban fishing to stop the Dolphins from being shot.
    Aren't Sea Lions in CA attacked like that?
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,599 Senior Member
    Aren't Sea Lions in CA attacked like that?

    Our Division of Wildlife started reintroducing otters to the rivers a bit south of me. They picked a spot witb good cover for lots of prey fish.

    Well there was good cover for prey fish because the old farmer that owned the land there liked to fish and spent years and year taking care of the area and making cover for the fish ...so HE could catch them.

    All of otters just 'disappeared' in that area. The old farmer knew what S,S,S meant
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,736 Senior Member
    I dont know why anyone would deliberately harm a Dolphin. I have been around them for most of my life, both while running the charter boat and private fishing. They are awesome to observe and interact with.

    About 20yrs ago ( and before we had the charter boat in service) Mark and I were fishing offshore on a real hot day. We had been running lures for Marlin at around the 200m depth and the water was deep blue and as clear as you could ever want it to be. A large pod of dolphins showed up so we pulled the lures and stopped the boat to watch them. Me being up for anything, decided to go for a swim to cool off so I put my mask and flippers on and jumped over the side.. I had been in the water for about 5 mins before the dolphins decided to come close and I spent a great time being inspected close up and returning the favour. I even got to hang on to a couple and get towed along, they acted like a bunch of jubilant school kids doing jumps and flips etc.

    I was about 30m off the back of the boat when one of the dolphins head butted me. I yelled to Mark 'These guys are starting to play rough' and he replied 'I think you had better get out of the water' . I got head butted a couple of more times before I decided to get back on board, Mark in the meantime kept saying 'I think you should get out NOW!' I didnt understand why he was getting agitated but swam slowly back to the boat while 2 dolphins 'escorted' me from the playground. When I got to the back of the boat I held on to the duckboard but Mark grabbed me by the arms and literally dragged me from the water then said ' Look down there and you will see why they are agitated you stupid prick.'

    Spiralling up from about 50m down was a Mako shark and as soon as I was on the boat the Dolphins disappeared. I asked Mark why didnt he yell shark and he said he didnt want to panic me.

    We decided to set up and catch the Mako, ( smoked Mako is great food and they are a very acrobatic gamefish) so I threw a small (a 5kilo) Albacore live bait over the side while Mark threw the boat in gear. As the prop wash pushed the live bait back from the stern, the Mako literally 'inhaled' the bait and we fought it for 2 hrs before getting the gaff home. It weighed in at 168Kg. ( We had to rig the anchor winch over the top of the cabin to drag it on to the boat)

    Was it coincidence that the dolphins appeared to try and warn me?. In my mind it was deliberate, Mark still thinks otherwise, all I know is that it scared the bejesus out of me... and ever since that day I have regarded dolphins as my good luck charms.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    Interesting story Alec; I have read other accounts of dolphins saving people.
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,664 Senior Member
    Aren't Sea Lions in CA attacked like that?

    California, Oregon, and Washington they are finding them dead up and down the coast. I'm betting the fisherman.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • FiveSevenFiveSeven Member Posts: 289 Member
    Buford wrote: »
    California, Oregon, and Washington they are finding them dead up and down the coast. I'm betting the fisherman.

    Maybe if California imported some eskimos there wouldn't be so many sea lions.
    Only the optimists suggest that the future is uncertain. The pessimists have done the math.
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Interesting story Alec; I have read other accounts of dolphins saving people.

    That is a known fact NN. I like porpoises' too!!!!
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,708 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    If you are on a fishing spot and a dolphin shows up, you might as well leave, 'cause you won't land another fish. They are great at stealing a catch right off the hook. It gets frustrating, especially for a charter boat, when they get paid to land fish.


    This is why I suspect that it was likely commercial fisherman that did it. I've been on the water around here since the seventies and I've seen the dolphins get more and more brazen in just the last few years. They used to just pick off your fish that you released but now they pull them off the hooks on the way up. I know several commercial fishermen and I do the refrigeration work for a big commercial fish house in the area and I hear constant complaining about the dolphins. A good friend of mine that's a commercial fisherman had a contract with NOAA and the Marine Fisheries Commission to help with a red snapper mortality study and he had to outfit his boat and fishing gear with cameras. He fished with bandits (like a winch with a short rod on it that looks like a heavy duty down rigger) and 25 hook dropper rigs with an underwater camera above the hooks. He had to bring the fish in at the same rate that a rod and reel fisherman would reel them in and then they were placed in a holding pen and monitored for a while on the surface and then lowered to the depth that they were caught and monitored for a certain amount of time. They learned that released snapper mortality was based on the dolphins rather than the handling by fishermen as they had suspected. I personally saw the videos of dolphins just plucking one snapper after another off the hooks and after they brought the pens up and released the fish from them, the dolphins had a feeding frenzy.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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