A substantial reward is being offered for information on the troubling death of a bottle-nosed dolphin on the west coast of Florida.
NOAA announced yesterday a bottle-nose dolphin was stabbed to death over a month ago off Upper Captiva Island in Lee County.
A necropsy shows a deadly six-inch wound in the head likely from a spear.
The dolphin was impaled while still alive, according to the necropsy, due to hemorrhaging in the brain.
Marine experts add that it may have been in a begging posture when he was lanced.
NOAA is offering a $38,000 reward for information on a suspect.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes willfully killing a dolphin punishable of up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
If you know who is responsible for this heinous act, please call 800-853-1964