Dolphin shot with bow and arrow dies, child confesses

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This dolphin died several days after it was shot with a hunting arrow. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries)

This dolphin died several days after it was shot with a hunting arrow. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries)

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The search for the person who killed a bottlenose dolphin in the back with a bow and arrow off the coast of Alabama ended when a juvenile allegedly confessed, federal investigators said.

The dolphin died more than a week after being shot in Florida waters, according to a statement released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement.

A necropsy was performed on the dolphin, and preliminary results suggested that it lived for five days with the hunting arrow stuck in its back. It died of a secondary infection that resulted from the wound, according to the Huntsville Times.

The juvenile’s written confession was obtained after a joint investigation by NOAA agents and conservation officers from Alabama and Florida, according to the statement.

Authorities also seized the bow allegedly used in the incident.

The juvenile’s identity was not being released.

Killing, harassing or harming a dolphin is prohibited under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, according to NOAA. Violators face either criminal or civil prosecution, and can be punished with a fine of up to $100,000 of up to a year in jail per violation.


  • Aging Hippie

    Why haven’t the CEO’s of BP, Halliburton, and TransOceanic been sentenced to 100,000 years in prison and forced to pay fines of $10 billion for all the dolphins they killed?

  • thechurchofchrismartin

    When your mom and dad are cousins and make moonshine for a living, this is what you end up with as a kid–a punk who will do this to an innocent dolphin. I hope they feed him to the hungry alligators in the swamp behind their outhouse.

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