A $2,500 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting a whale that washed up dead along a Monmouth County, N.J. beach.
Two branches of The Humane Society offered the reward Thursday. The 10-foot male, short-finned pilot whale, weighing more than 700 pounds, was found on a beach in Allenhurst on Sept. 24.
The whale starved to death, Schoelkopf says.
“It literally died of starvation. It probably traveled quite a distance before it became so weak that it washed ashore,” Schoelkopf told the Star-Ledger.
Both Schoelkopf and Scott Doyle, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Star-Ledger that this is the first time in both their careers that someone has shot a whale -- 33 and 25 years respectively.
Cases of dolphins and seals being shot is more common, Schoelkopf says. He investigates two to three dolphin or seal shootings a year.
The bullet recovered from the whale’s jaw was sent to a lab for ballistics testing.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 732.280.6490.