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Monterey Biologist Accused of Feeding Whale (Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison, Large Fines)
AP ^ | Monday, January 9, 2012 | JASON DEAREN

Posted on 01/09/2012 5:19:17 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Monterey biologist accused of feeding whale

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SAN FRANCISCO ---- A marine biologist who runs popular whale-watching tours on California's Monterey Bay has been indicted for violating federal laws that protect marine mammals.

Nancy Black, a marine scientist whose work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet, was charged Wednesday with four violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Her attorneys countered the charges by arguing that her interactions with the creatures were legal scientific research.

She was accused of feeding killer whales in 2005 during a research trip, and misleading investigators by editing video footage of her encounters with other whales during a whale-watching trip, and then lying about it. All of the alleged incidents occurred within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of 13 ocean sanctuaries established in 1992.

Prosecutors say the charges were filed after an investigation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Department of Justice. Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for the DOJ, declined to comment, as did a spokesman for NOAA.

In addition to her scientific work, Black owns Monterey Bay Whale Watch and operates two commercial whale-watching vessels. Black has also worked with federal agencies on the study of whales, including the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, which is part of NOAA.

If she is found guilty of editing the video and then lying about it, Black could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a half million dollars in fines. Each of the feeding charges carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to the indictment, Black was asked to provide video taken from her whale-watching boat during an October 2005 trip that investigators believe included an illegal encounter with a humpback whale.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; biggovernment; crimeofthecentury; doj; envirofascism; envirornment; leftcoast; montereybay; noaa; overkill; savethewhales; treehuggers; whales; wtf
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Wow ... up to twenty years in federal prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for the crime of ... being nice to a whale?!? WTF?!?

The marine biologist is probably a tree hugging, global warming bandwagon liberal. But, federal prison time for this so called offense is just an abuse of government power.

1 posted on 01/09/2012 5:19:18 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

So, what are you on the Group W bench for?
Being nice to a whale. And disturbing the peace...


2 posted on 01/09/2012 5:22:04 PM PST by null and void (Day 1083 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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Photobucket Nancy Black steers the Sea Wolf II while Tony Lorenz watches for whales. The four-count indictment accuses Black of twice feeding killer whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary once in 2004 and again in 2005. (Chad Ziemendorf / San Francisco Chronicle)
3 posted on 01/09/2012 5:22:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: null and void

When liberals are dragged off, they will be screaming “But I was on your side! I’m with you guys! Why are you punishing me? I support all your stuff!”

They always think they will be immune until the system they create eats them. It is why liberals love tyrants.


4 posted on 01/09/2012 5:25:27 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: DogByte6RER

She deserves far more to get socked for the lying to investigative officials, than for actually feeding the whales, so long as she didn’t give the whales anything harmful. When giving a snack to a whale is deemed tantamount to a felony, we know the law has gone wilder than the whales are.


5 posted on 01/09/2012 5:26:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonder what the penalty would be for pulling a golf ball out of the blow hole.


6 posted on 01/09/2012 5:27:21 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: null and void

And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing,
father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of
things,


7 posted on 01/09/2012 5:28:10 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: DogByte6RER

I just can’t keep up with this sh!t.

First it’s “Save the Whales” and now it’s “Starve the Whales”.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 5:28:57 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: bigdaddy45

Oh ... was that the Seinfeld episode? I remember George pulling out a golf ball to impress a date.


9 posted on 01/09/2012 5:32:25 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

10 posted on 01/09/2012 5:32:51 PM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: DogByte6RER

The offense occurred in 2005. 6+ years ago. No statute of limitations for feeding whales, for goodness sakes?
The absurdity of the tree hugger regime is obvious for all to see.


11 posted on 01/09/2012 5:33:22 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: null and void
You can get anything you want...

Great terrible song.

I hear it every Thanksgiving on the local NPR station.

/johnny

12 posted on 01/09/2012 5:33:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe she fed them McDonalds. String her up! s/


13 posted on 01/09/2012 5:35:03 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Stupid federales!!!! Oh wait, there’s 10 million illegals in California, and they go after a whale feeder.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 5:39:53 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: DogByte6RER
Pure insanity, bureaucracy run amok, brought to you from the land of nuts and flakes.
15 posted on 01/09/2012 5:44:10 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: rlmorel
They always think they will be immune until the system they create eats them. It is why liberals love tyrants.

Pretty close.

They love it when their pet tyrants create systems to eat those other guys.

They are always astonished when they themselves inevitably are one of those other guys.

Hmmm, still not quite right. *grumble* *grumble* *grumble* *grumble* *grumble* *grumble*

16 posted on 01/09/2012 5:46:40 PM PST by null and void (Day 1083 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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17 posted on 01/09/2012 5:49:33 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DogByte6RER

If she smeared her face with shoe polish and smuggled 3,000 machine-guns to Mexi drug-dealers, she’d have NO legal charges whatsoever.

In fact the papers would be DESPERATE to avoid reporting about it.


18 posted on 01/09/2012 5:50:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: bigdaddy45
Wonder what the penalty would be for pulling a golf ball out of the blow hole

I believe that's a two stroke penalty, unless you dislodge the ball with a wedge and strike it while still in the air.

19 posted on 01/09/2012 5:54:01 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: bigdaddy45
Wonder what the penalty would be for pulling a golf ball out of the blow hole

I believe that's a two stroke penalty, unless you dislodge the ball with a wedge and strike it while still in the air.

20 posted on 01/09/2012 5:54:21 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: rlmorel

You’ve nailed it...Exactly what leftards do!

Hoist by their own petards!


21 posted on 01/09/2012 5:58:39 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Anybody know the rationale behind the “don’t feed the whales” law, and why it’s so harsh? Is it supposed to keep sightseeing trips under control and keep the animals from becoming domesticated, or is there some poaching angle?


22 posted on 01/09/2012 5:59:50 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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23 posted on 01/09/2012 6:01:57 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DogByte6RER

If she’s a liberal, I hope she gets the maximum sentence. I have ZERO sympathy for liberals who suffer from other liberal’s actions. Of course, she will likely find a way to blame it on Bush.


24 posted on 01/09/2012 6:03:01 PM PST by sand88
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To: rlmorel

Exactly what leftards do! You’ve nailed it...

Hoist by their own petards!


25 posted on 01/09/2012 6:03:58 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: rlmorel

Exactly what leftards do! You’ve nailed it...

Hoist by their own petards!


26 posted on 01/09/2012 6:04:12 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Seems to me she has been baiting and training them for the purpose of making money. And since they are wild animals that is illegal. And also dangerous.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 6:05:49 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: rlmorel

Exactly what leftards do!

You’ve nailed it!

Hoist by their own petards!


28 posted on 01/09/2012 6:07:16 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Feed the whales so the federal bureaucracy can feed itself
29 posted on 01/09/2012 6:08:43 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: 2111USMC

Do you think those signs in national parks, that say do not feed the animals, are put up for decoration.


30 posted on 01/09/2012 6:10:11 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: org.whodat

Good grief.

I figured that my post was goofy enough that a “/s” wasn’t required.


31 posted on 01/09/2012 6:18:45 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: elteemike

Fail....... twentyfive posts and not to the bottom yet

A jealous but better politically connected biologist wanted to eliminate the scientific and whale watching competition and snitched to the powers that be. The marine scientist Nancy Black has been put out of business and out of grant funding. It is simple as that.

The battle for grants gets bloody in California


32 posted on 01/09/2012 6:25:29 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: 2111USMC

LOL


33 posted on 01/09/2012 6:26:14 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: DogByte6RER
We need new laws, a new agency, and a cabinet level czar to regulate whale watchers.
Our Constitution demands it.
34 posted on 01/09/2012 6:33:09 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: bigdaddy45

Was it a Titlest?


35 posted on 01/09/2012 7:25:14 PM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: DogByte6RER

Nothing wrong with whale feeding. Moochelle’s personal chef does it every day.


36 posted on 01/09/2012 7:29:52 PM PST by wbill
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To: DogByte6RER

Obviously they were not aware of WHO she is. Those laws are for the lesser beings not for the self anointed ones.


37 posted on 01/09/2012 7:45:36 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

I think evidence tampering is allowed for some ... they better check the list again.


38 posted on 01/09/2012 7:47:40 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: wbill

Unless whales go “Moo”, I think the White House chef is safe.


39 posted on 01/09/2012 7:50:59 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: elteemike

I have always thought that phrase “hoisted on their own petard” seemed fit the liberal condition most satisfactorily...


40 posted on 01/09/2012 8:04:26 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: AndrewB

lol.....


41 posted on 01/09/2012 8:13:03 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: null and void

Bottom line is, they always think THEY will be one of the elite rulers. It is always a shock to them when they realize they aren’t viewed the the elites as being part of that crowd.

They are simply tools. Useful tools. The most useful kind of tools...those that don’t know they are being used.


42 posted on 01/09/2012 8:13:23 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: org.whodat
Do you think those signs in national parks, that say do not feed the animals, are put up for decoration.

Exactly what I was thinking! Once the whales start to see humans as an easy source of food, they'll be breaking into our homes and running rampant through campgrounds.

43 posted on 01/09/2012 10:44:55 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa

That is correct and cleaning up that whale poo will be a bitch.


44 posted on 01/10/2012 3:39:46 AM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: DogByte6RER

NOAA fines big-wave surfers using Jet-Ski’s to rescue drowning friends in waves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7i7Te1QQaM&context=C3ef0b68ADOEgsToPDskIYByOknu_cvU7m0Qe7FVkt


45 posted on 02/20/2012 6:20:55 PM PST by gaijin
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To: DogByte6RER
A marine biologist who runs popular whale-watching tours on California's Monterey Bay has been indicted for violating federal laws that protect marine mammals.... She was accused of feeding killer whales ...

The government considers the prohibition on feeding whales to be a way of "protecting" whales? What are they protecting the whales from? Turkey and cheese sandwiches, a banana and some juice? Or is the government trying to keep them from becoming dependent and therefore more vulnerable? If feeding whales is harmful to them according to the all-knowing, all-seeing government, then is it not true that the government is intentionally harming humans by feeding them through its food stamp program, etc?

46 posted on 02/20/2012 6:42:06 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: wbill

No good feed goes unpunished.


47 posted on 02/20/2012 6:47:02 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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