Officials: Dead dolphin that washed ashore on California beach was shot

A dead dolphin that washed up on Manhattan Beach, California, was shot, officials said.
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A dead dolphin that washed up on Manhattan Beach, California, was shot, officials said.

Credit: Marine Animal Rescue

Credit: Marine Animal Rescue

A dolphin that washed onto a California beach last week died from a gunshot wound, KNBC reported.

Marine Animal Rescue posted a $5,000 reward to its Facebook page on Friday after a necropsy confirmed the animal had been shot.

Peter Wallerstein, founder and president of the rescue group, received a call about the dolphin in the surf on the morning of Nov. 8, NBC News reported.

"It's just a vicious act of brutality," Wallerstein told NBC News on Friday.

"There is NO excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals," according to a statement posted on the Marine Animal Rescue's Facebook page.