If you're a dolphin (are you?), the Gulf of Mexico isn't exactly the place you want to be right now. The dolphins there are already dealing with a myriad of health issues stemming from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and since June, a number of dolphins have washed ashore after having been killed and mutilated. The latest incident happened this past Friday, when researchers in Gulfport, Miss. found a dolphin whose lower jaw had been removed.

This came on the heels of a dolphin who was found last weekend after having been shot with a 9mm bullet. Over the course of the year, a dolphin has been found after being slashed by a knife, another was stabbed to death by a screwdriver and one had its tail cut off. One possibility is that dolphin-on-dolphin violence has erupted after military-trained killer dolphins escaped into the wild after Hurricane Katrina or some asshole/a group of assholes is spending his time massacring dolphins.

Moby Solangi, the director for the Institue of the Marine Mammal Studies, is choosing door two.

"Animals don't eat each other's tails off," Solangi said.

"We think there's someone or some group on a rampage," he said. "They not only kill them but also mutilate them."

Agreed! So, what the fuck is going on, Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana? Who is shooting dolphins with handguns and STABBING them with SCREWDRIVERS?

[via Boing Boing, image via Getty]