Law enforcement asked to watch for dolphin attack suspects

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says he hopes the recent publicity about dolphins being mutilated and killed helps lead to an arrest.

Dr. Moby Solangi (MOH'-bee soh-LAHN'-gee) says he's been heartbroken to perform necropies on several dolphins to find that they'd been shot, stabbed, and one had its tail torn off. He says he thinks it's the work of someone "not in their right mind."

Solangi says there have been at least four recent cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

He's hoping people are outraged by the cruel attacks on innocent animals, and that the public will come forward with possible tips about who might be responsible.

Attacks on dolphins do carry large fines and jail sentences.

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Dr. Moby Solangi (MOH'-bee soh-LAHN'-gee), director, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Moby Solangi, the director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, says they've asked law enforcement to watch out for someone who's been mutilating dolphins along the Gulf Coast, citing incidents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. harm a dolphin, and he doesn't think it's a fishing captain or anyone whose livelihood depends on the water.

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Dr. Moby Solangi (MOH'-bee soh-LAHN'-gee), director, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Moby Solangi, the director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, says it's hard to imagine why someone would harm a dolphin, and he doesn't think it's a fishing captain or anyone whose livelihood depends on the water.

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Dr. Moby Solangi (MOH'-bee soh-LAHN'-gee), director, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Moby Solangi, the director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, says there's no good explanation for someone wounding, maiming or killing a dolphin.

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: This November 2012 photo provided by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies of Gulfport Miss., shows a fatally wounded dolphin. A gunshot wound can be seen at lower left. Authorities are investigating several attacks on dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws.

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