Marine biologist risks 20 years in prison for feeding whales

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Nancy Black, a marine biologist who runs whale-watching tours in Monterey Bay, California has been accused of violating laws that protect marine mammals. The four-count indictment accuses her of twice feeding killer whales, of misleading investigators by editing video footage of the incident and lying, and of violating a regulation that requires whale-watching boats to stay at least 100 yards away from the whales. If Black is found guilty of charges brought against her, she could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines. Read Digital Journal.

Killer Whales, Galápagos Islands

Image courtesy of Dave Govoni, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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