Animal cruelty: A bottlenose dolphin has been stabbed in the head (Image: GETTY)
Officials from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) found the dead mammal on Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, Newsweek reported. Authorities are now appealing to anyone with information after the bottlenose dolphin was stabbed in the head with a sharp “spear-like” object. The adult male dolphin was alive at the time of the attack, the examination of the carcass has shown.
The nature of the wound suggested the animal may have been in a "begging position" when the attack happened.
Its fatal wound, above the right eye, measures six inches in length and pierced the top of the skull.
The dolphin had been known in the area by scientists and the animal would swim near fishing boats.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) is asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Enforcement Hotline at (00) 1-800-853-1964.