Ecuadorean officials are investigating the slaughter of 53 sea lions from the Galapagos Islands nature reserve, which were found with their heads caved in.
The dead animals included 13 pups, 25 youngsters, nine males and six females.
Galapagos National Park official Victor Carrion told AFP news agency that each was killed by “a strong blow from someone”, though the motive is unknown.
They had not been injured in any other way, he said, discounting the notion they had been killed for their parts.
What kind of person kills over 50 defenseless seals? Events like this go a long way towards explaining my occasionally rather dim view of humanity. While there are obviously plenty of nice people in the world, there are also some absolute monsters.