Harrison County, Miss. - A Mississippi marine biologist fears there's a serial killer going after dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi authorities are investigating the deaths of a half-dozen dolphins that were shot or mutilated.
Moby Solangi, Ph.D. is the lead biologist for the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. He conducted the necropsies on the dolphins and calls it murder.
"It looks like we have a deranged person that is out there doing something cruel, repugnant and senseless, " says Solangi.
Federal investigators say they don't know yet if the deaths are the work of one person or unrelated.
The Gulf Coast waters are home to the largest population of dolphins in the U.S. Solangi fears that, as females move in to give birth in coming months, their calves could be the next victims.
Investigators are also working to find out who is responsible for the shooting deaths of three dolphins found in Louisiana.
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