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Mysterious Dolphin Deaths Under Investigation in Gulf

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

An investigation into the mysterious deaths of dolphins is taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. Someone is targeting them in a senseless and cruel way.

Over the past couple of weeks, dolphins have been found washed up on shore with gunshot wounds, stab wounds and even missing jaws. Authorities are seeing an increase in these barbaric incidents.

Officials along the Gulf Coast have been given a heads up, putting them on alert for any attacks. The hunt is on for the people responsible for this.

"We responded to one dolphin from Alabama that had its tail cut off. We responded to another dolphin this morning from Ship Island that had its lower jaw cut off. In the  last week, we had a dolphin with a bullet hole in it," said Dr. Moby Solangi of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. "I think it's important that everyone understand that this is not only cruel, but it's also illegal."

It's a crime that can come with fines of $100,000 and a year in jail.

Thankfully, according to the local Marine Mammal Stranding Network, there have not been any similar incidents reported on our beaches in Corpus Christi.

If you do see a stranded or injured dolphin at the beach, immediately call the Stranding Network. The number is 1-800-9-MAMMAL.