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SHOTLIST:

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1. Dolphins surfacing in water

2. SOUNDBITE: Cliff Atwell / Captain of Southern Star

"Mutilating one of those animals is awful. I couldn't understand anyone ever doing that to one of them ... "

3. Atwell driving his boat

4. Wide of water with dolphins in background

5. SOUNDBITE: Steve Shippee / conservation biologist and dolphin expert

"We did a necropsy on this animal. This is a bottle-nosed dolphin that was found deceased on Pensacola Beach over by Fort Pickens."

6. Medium on necropsy tools

7. Beach shot from boat

8. Dolphin warning sign

9. SOUNDBITE: Steve Shippee / conservation biologist and dolphin expert

"Obviously we want to recover the deceased animals to do exams, but for the live animals, the quicker we get to the animal, the better the outcome, the quicker we will be able to transport the animal to a rehabilitation facility."

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10. Dolphin in water

11. More dolphins in water alongside boat

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12. Wide of dolphins in water

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13. Cruising along beach

14. Tourist feeding birds

15. Tourists taking pictures from boat

16. Sign on boat, tourists getting on board

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17. Cliff Atwell / Captain of Southern Star

"We really would like to educate people more and more about the dolphins and let them know that the dolphins you are seeing are not just haphazard dolphins, they are part of local dolphin resident pod. They have lived here for years, some of them over 30 years."

18. Wide of Southern Star at dock

19. Southern Star ticket window

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20. STILL image of BP oil spill aerial

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Near Gulfport, Miss. - November 2012

21. STILL image of shot dolphin

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22. SOUNDBITE: Crista Stover, spokeswoman for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

"So we rely on people who are out on the beaches to be the first responders. People who are out on the beaches are going to see the animal and call it in properly ... "

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23. Dolphin swimming

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24. Wide of dolphins surfacing

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

IN THE WATERS OF THE GULF COAST ... SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO THE DOLPHINS.

SOT CLIFF ATWELL, lifelong Destin, Fla., resident:

"Mutilating one of those animals is awful. I couldn't understand anyone ever doing that to one of them ... "

DOLPHINS ARE BEING SHOT ... STABBED ... MUTILIATED ... OTHERS ARE WASHING ASHORE FROM DISEASE.

SOT STEVE SHIPPEE, conservation biologist and dolphin expert :

"We did a necropsy on this animal. This is a bottle-nosed dolphin that was found deceased on Pensacola Beach over by Fort Pickens."

SINCE 2011 ... EIGHT DOLPHINS SHOT TO DEATH IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI ... NOW, OFFICIALS WANT EVERYONE ALONG THE COAST TO LOOK FOR DOLPHINS IN TROUBLE.

SOT STEVE SHIPPEE:

"Obviously we want to recover the deceased animals to do exams, but for the live animals, the quicker we get to the animal, the better the outcome, the quicker we will be able to transport the animal to a rehabilitation facility."

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DOLPHINS GOES BEYOND PROTECTING A SPECIES ... THEY ARE FIXTURES IN PLACES LIKE DESTIN, FLORIDA ... AS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE AS SAND ON THE BEACH ... AND TOURISTS WITH CAMERAS.

SOT CLIFF ATWELL:

"We really would like to educate people more and more about the dolphins and let them know that the dolphins you are seeing are not just haphazard dolphins, they are part of local dolphin resident pod. They have lived here for years, some of them over 30 years."

SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN TRACKING THE UNUSUALLY HIGH DOLPHIN MORTALITY RATE HERE FOR YEARS ... EVEN BEFORE THE B-P OIL SPILL AND THE SERIES OF DOLPHIN ATTACKS AND MUTILATIONS.

BUT THEY NEED HELP ...

SOT Crista Stover, spokeswoman for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

"So we rely on people who are out on the beaches to be the first responders. People who are out on the beaches are going to see the animal and call it in properly ... "

PROTECTING DOLPHINS ALONG ONE STRETCH OF WATER ... PRESERVING THEM FOR ALL TO SEE.

LEE POWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

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