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Shot Whale Found In New Jersey, Reward Offered For Information

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BEACHED WHALE SHOT NEW JERSEY CULPRIT SOUGHT REWAR
A Sept. 24, 2011 photo provided by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center shows a 740-pound pilot whale that died shortly after washing up on a beach in Allenhurst N.J. A necropsy showed the whale had been shot and died from an infection in its jaw that prevented it from eating. (AP Photo/Marine Mammal Stranding Center) | AP

ALLENHURST, N.J. -- A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot a whale at sea, leaving it to die slowly until it washed up on a New Jersey beach last month.

Two branches of The Humane Society offered the reward Thursday, a day after the Sept. 24 death of the whale became widely publicized. It washed up on a beach in Allenhurst and died shortly after police responded.

A necropsy showed the short-finned pilot whale had been shot in the head. The bullet lodged in the animal's jaw, causing an infection that left it unable to eat.

It weighed 740 pounds at its death. But it should have tipped the scales at well over 1,000 pounds.

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