|Pygmy Sperm Whale|
Rescuers euthanized a whale after it was found stranded along the Chesapeake Bay shore in Virginia Beach.Back in grad school, a fellow graduate student studied whales. One weekend there was a whale stranding on a nearby beach, and he, his professor and other workers got to attend to their euthanization. Being full sized whales, even a rifle bullet would not penetrate and they had to use chain saws. The price of a graduate education.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center said the 8-foot-long juvenile male pygmy sperm whale was in critical condition when it was found Tuesday. The aquarium's stranding response team later had to euthanize the whale.
The aquarium said the whale will be taken to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on Wednesday for research.
|Protesters march at The Hump|
The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.
Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sale of a marine mammal at the now-closed restaurant The Hump at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
As part of the plea, Vidor admitted that he was aware his sushi chefs, who have previously pleaded guilty, were serving whale at the restaurant and allowed it.
Typhoon and Vidor will jointly pay a $27,500 fine and will be placed on 18-month and 12-month terms of probation, respectively, if the terms of the plea agreements are accepted by Judge Dale S. Fischer.