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US News: Dolphin discovered deceased on beach with ‘numerous bullets’ embedded in body

A member of the public discovered a bottlenose dolphin on a beach in Louisiana with multiple bullets lodged in its carcass, officials confirm. The dolphin was found near New Orleans and recovered by Audubon Aquarium Rescue, who performed a necropsy revealing the gunshot wounds. The NOAA is now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to a criminal conviction. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassing, harming, killing, or feeding wild dolphins in the US, with violators facing prosecution and significant fines. Scientists highlight the intelligence and complex behaviors of bottlenose dolphins, including self-awareness, problem-solving, empathy, and joy.


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