Only yesterday, Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson made it public news that he was willing to offer $20,000 (€15,625) out of his out funds to whomever helped bring one or more dolphin killers to justice.
As reported towards the end of September, the dolphins living off the coast of the US are ever more frequently being stabbed or shot at.
For the time being, local authorities are not even sure whether these killings are carried out by just one individual, or if they are dealing with a group of people who, for one reason or another, cannot stand to have dolphins around.
“I regard the killing of a dolphin as murder, and what we appear to have on the Gold Coast is a dolphin serial killer. I want this sadistic killer stopped, and I have set aside $20,000 of my own savings to be paid out to any person who delivers the evidence to find and convict this person or persons,” Captain Paul Watson said.
Furthermore, “Any person coming forward with evidence may remain anonymous and can communicate with NOAA, NMFS, or Gulf Coast law enforcement officials with this information.”
According to the official website for green-oriented organization Sea Shepherd, some of the dolphins that showed up in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama also displayed signs of mutilation. Thus, some of them were missing their jaws and their fins.
Rumor has it that local fishermen and boat captains might be the ones responsible for these killings, given the fact that these marine mammals tend to snack on the bait they use in order to catch fish, and therefore interfere with their working agenda.
As well as this, it is possible that local fishermen see the dolphins as their competition and want to make sure there are not many of them around to steal their fish.
Meanwhile, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking that whomever happens to witness any unusual interactions between dolphins and people let them know as soon as possible.