SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A prominent California marine biologist has been sentenced after pleading guilty to violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by feeding killer whales in the wild, a misdemeanor.
Nancy Black was sentence Monday to three years of probation, $12,500 in fines and 300 hours of community service.
Black, who runs a popular whale watching tour on Monterey Bay, had pleaded guilty to one count of violating the federal act.
Federal prosecutors initially accused Black of feeding orcas in 2004 and 2005 and altering a videotape of her encounters with whales then lying about it.
Black's attorney Larry Biegel said his client had collected a piece of gray whale blubber and tied it to rope in order to film the orcas eating for scientific research.