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Reward Offered for Info on Whale Shooter

$2,500 reward offered in whale shooting case

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    Feds Investigate Whale Shooting

    A whale died after washing up on the beach in Monmouth County, N.J. When an exam revealed the whale had been shot in the head, a federal investigation was launched to find the shooter. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011)

    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.

    According to Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding the gunshot wound to the jaw caused a “massive infection” that made the whale unable to eat, reports the Star-Ledger.

    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.