ALLENHURST, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two branches of the Humane Society are offering a reward for information about the killing of a whale off the Jersey shore.

The body of a pilot whale washed up on a Monmouth County beach on Sept. 24. An examination revealed the whale had been shot in the head while at sea. The bullet lodged in the animal’s jaw, causing an infection that left it unable to eat.

It weighed 740 pounds at its death. But it should have tipped the scales at well over 1,000 pounds.

The two Humane Society branches are offering a $2,500 reward or information leading to those responsible. Protected species laws mean they could face fines and possible jail time.

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