Sperm Whale Riders Being Sought by Feds

Sperm Whale Riders Being Sought by Feds

On Monday, we told you about the 40-foot sperm whale that washed ashore in Deerfield Beach.

Turns out, a couple of dudes were jumping on top of and riding the whale as it died off the shore of Pompano Beach.

And now a federal investigation has been launched to find the unidentified men.

Snapshots of the men harassing the whale were taken by a witness.

See also:
-Dead Sperm Whale Washes Up on Deerfield Beach
-Accused Manatee Molester Is on the Loose in St. Petersburg
-Manatee Molester Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez Arrested

Scientists believe the whale was under distress. The men trying to ride it like a surfboard only made things worse for the animal.

There is a possibility the men may have contributed to the whale's death.

This is the second time in the past three months that a person jumped on a wild ocean animal and tried to ride it like a pony.

Back in October, Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez was spotted by witnesses jumping on top of and harassing a manatee. She was arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, an offense punishable by a $500 fine or a term of up to 60 days in the county jail.

The men caught in the photos trying to ride the dying sperm whale face a misdemeanor conviction with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.



We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: