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A marine rescue group is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a dolphin who was shot to death off the coast of California.

Initially the Marine Animal Rescue offered $5,000 in a Facebook post about the incident, but it has now doubled that, per USA Today.

In the Facebook post, the rescue acknowledged that the photo of the deceased dolphin was upsetting, but they felt it necessary to spread awareness about the incident.

"There is NO excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals," they wrote.

What's alarming about this tragedy is that it's far from the first time a dolphin has been shot.

According to the New York Times, there have been 21 reported cases of dead dolphins washing up with bullet wounds in the last 16 years — and most of those have occurred in the last decade.

Earlier in 2018, a pregnant dolphin was even found with gunshot wounds, reported the Times.

The bullets killed her and prevented her from bringing her baby to term.

A similar incident with a pregnant dolphin occurred in 2014 as well, per the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Gun violence continues to be a problem in America, for both humans and animals. As of November 19, there have 314 mass shootings of humans in 2018, according to ABC 15.

And America is showing no signs of successfully introducing any kind of gun control measures to prevent these deadly shootings from happening.

Marine experts worry there could be mass dolphin shootings to worry about as well.

"Generally when somebody starts shooting animals, it's not just one," Moby Solangi, executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, told the Times. "It's no different than having a serial killer."

Peter Wallerstein, president of Marine Animal Rescue, echoed a similar sentiment to ABC News. "We don't know if it's the only one," he sad. "There could be others being shot out there, too."

The fact that anyone shot even one dolphin is upsetting. According to WDCS, the Marine Mammal Protection Act makes it illegal to harm or kill a dolphin.

Doing so can result in a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Hopefully whoever did this to this poor dolphin is apprehended so they can face the consequences of their senseless action.

These examples of gun violence against marine creatures only serve to highlight the larger problem in America.

If even dolphins aren't safe, none of us are.

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