Subject: Minke:Reward offered in Florida whal (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 12:04:17 -0500 (EST)

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 97 14:41:00 GMT 
From: r.mallon1@genie.com
To: marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca, pita@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: Reward offered in Florida whal

Reward offered in Florida whale shooting case

    MIAMI, March 14 (Reuter) - A reward was posted on Friday for
the trigger-happy boaters who shot a whale off the Florida Keys.
     A four-tonne Minke whale that beached on Big Pine Key last
week was found to have five bullets in it. It died after
attempts to refloat it failed.
     The Humane Society of the United States on Friday offered a
$3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of whoever shot the animal.
     "This is the first time that I have ever heard of a whale
suffering gunshot wounds washing up on American shores," Naomi
Rose, marine mammal scientist for the Humane Society, said.
     "The Humane Society of the United States is horrified by
this cruelty."
     The total amount of reward money offered from various
sources now stands at about $10,000.
     Police say they believe boaters opened fire on the whale.