Investigators have been looking for the person who killed a dolphin with an arrow in Alabama. That investigation ended today when a Juvenile from the area confessed to using a bow and arrow to kill the dolphgin.
Officials received information about a dolphin found floating in Cotton Bayou weeks ago. The animal, which had a shooting arrow lodged in its back near its dorsal fin, was lifeless. Apparently, it had been dead for nearly a week.
A necropsy was conducted on the dolphin, and its manner of death was determined to be infection from a hunter’s arrow. A medical examiner said it likely suffered for five days before succumbing from the wound.
According to federal law, it is illegal to harass, kill, harm, or feed any wild dolphin. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 says any violation is subject to federal prosecution and punishable with fines up to $100,000, along with a one-year sentence in jail per violation.
This new incident comes only a few months after two Alabama teens were heavily fined for jumping on a Manatee with calf while vacationing in Florida. Man’s what’s with all these kids from Alabama? Check out this video showing their crime.