An animal rescue organization is offering a reward for information about a dolphin that was found shot to death on Manhattan Beach, California.
Marine Animal Rescue, of El Segundo, posted a $5,000 reward on their Facebook page on Friday after a necropsy revealed a dolphin died from a gunshot wound.
Peter Wallerstein is the founder and president of the rescue group. He received a call about the dolphin in the surf on the morning of Nov. 8 and managed to retrieve the animal with the help of a lifeguard.
“It’s just a vicious act of brutality,” Wallerstein told NBC News on Friday.
A doctor from the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles was able to retrieve the bullet that killed the dolphin, Wallerstein said.
Wallerstein also contacted the National Marine Fisheries Service to open an investigation into the incident.
“They’ll do the best they can,” Wallerstein said. “They have the bullet and they have evidence of the shooting. We very rarely find these people but what the reward does is put them on notice.”
Wallerstein has been working in animal rescue for more than 30 years. He said he cannot fathom a reason someone would shoot a dolphin. And though he’s never seen an instance like this one before, Wallerstein told NBC News that it could be the sign a bigger problem.
“I’ve had sea lions shot but never had a dolphin,” he said. “But maybe the dolphins have drifted back into ocean, we don’t know.”
Here is the full Facebook post from Wallerstein. Let us know what you think about his response.
The next photo, while upsetting, is important to share. It shows a dolphin we found dead on Manhattan Beach, California. Upon rescue and examination, Dr. Palmer found that the dolphin died from a bullet wound.
There is NO excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals.
We are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person that shot the dolphin. Your help is appreciated.