Clarification: Fighting Flipper story
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — In a story June 26, The Associated Press reported that frustrated fishermen are firing guns at bottlenose dolphins that have become increasingly aggressive in taking fish off hooks, and some dolphins have been wounded or killed.
The story quoted Bob Zales, president of the National Association of Charter Boat Operators, as saying he heard accounts of dolphins being shot at. He says he meant that some boat operators “may fire weapons in an attempt to scare them off” but does not know of anyone who would fire at a dolphin or try to harm them. He said attempts to scare away dolphins have been made by commercial fishermen and others, not just charter boat fishermen.