Back in December, we shared the unfortunate news about a sperm whale that died after drifting into shallow waters near Pompano Beach, FL. While that whale was still alive, although sick and/or injured, a swimmer was photographed swimming next to and climbing on top of it.
Harassing a whale is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which is why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has given the man a written warning. He was lucky to get only a warning, though, because violating the MMPA could result in criminal penalties up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison.
Watch this video from NBC to learn more about the case:
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To learn more:
- Read the original article: Local Swimmers Harass Injured Whale
- Read the full update from NBC: NOAA Slaps Warning on Man For Harassing Whale off Pompano Beach
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