Humane Society Offering Reward In Shooting Of Whale Found Beached On Jersey Shore

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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  • NYGirl

    What sort of sick person would shoot a whale and why? I hope this person does not get away with this. This person is a very sick individual. Too bad he didn’t fall off the boat while he was shooting the whale and become food for the whale. That’s okay, what comes around goes around!

  • Marina Ios

    WHAT is going on with “humans”, lately there are animal abuses happening a lot, which are beyond comprehension
    i suggest, whoever feels the urge to shoot someone/something, just to shoot themselves.

  • Martha Salvia Erickson

    I don’t undestand why anyone would shoot a whale….but the punishment should be a BIG, BIG FINE…and some jail time…why not? but definately $$ is where it hurts the most !

  • ann

    They need to catch who ever did this and wire his jaw shut so he can’t eat and slowly staves to death….

    • Albert MacMeda

      This was a whale, not a person. I like Martha Salvia Erickson’s idea better: a BIG, BIG FINE…and some jail time. Not torture ending in murder.

      • Capatain Nemo

        Aha, looks like Albert > did it! “He doth protest too much”!

  • Felix

    Why would anyone shoot a Whale? An innocent whale!!!!! Come on people Why!!!!

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