A bottlenose dolphin stood no chance when it came near an armed dolphin hater who downright riddled the dolphin with bullets.

The porter of a hotel near the Istrian harbor of Porec aptly named "Dolphin" discovered the dead body off the Hotel’s beach.

The necropsy yielded 7 pellets in the animal’s chest. The adult dolphin was a male of 3 m length and 227 kg of weight. He had slowly and painfully bled to death. The results of the examination suggest that the dolphin was killed in the area where he was discovered. The police started an investigation against a person unknown. However, the chances of finding the criminal are rather small.

It is not the first time that a bottlenose dolphin was doomed by its friendly and curious behavior. They often approach boats and humans quite gregariously. In the past five years three dolphins shot to death were found in Istria alone, the estimated number of unknown cases is likely to be much higher.
Ulrike Kirsch

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