^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 14 Mar 97 14:24:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Whale latest victim of Florida Whale latest victim of Florida gunplay KEY WEST, Florida, March 12 (Reuter) - A whale has become an unlikely victim of violence in gun-happy south Florida. A four-tonne Minke whale that beached on Big Pine Key was found to have five bullets in it. Police said on Wednesday they believed boaters in the Florida Keys opened fired on it. "We're pretty amazed that people out there are doing this sort of thing," said Becky Barron, director of the Wildlife Rescue of the Florida Keys. The whale was first discovered stranded in shallows off Big Pine Key last Wednesday. It was refloated but died the next day. A necropsy found five bullets in its body. Baron said the whale probaly died as result of the stranding but said some of the bullets were abscessing. "No matter how big you are five bullets in you are bound to do something."