A dead bottlenose dolphin with a bullet or spear wound to its head was reportedly found off the Florida coast last week — leading to a $20,000 reward for information that results in civil penalties or an arrest.
The dolphin was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Naples by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The mammal had a large hole on the right side of its head, below the right eye.
It’s the second member of its species found dead in the area since last May, when one of the mammals was discovered shot off Captiva.
The latest dolphin death prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to offer the cash reward to bring whoever is responsible to justice.
Bottlenose dolphins are the most common species found swimming along Florida’s Southwest coast.