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A California gray whale was shot with .50 cal.machine gun - what next!?? :eek:

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the whale Saturday morning. The extent of the whale's injuries were not immediately known.

Tribe members were being held by the Coast Guard but had not been charged, said Mark Oswell, a spokesman for the law enforcement arm of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

A preliminary report said the whale was shot with a .50-caliber machine gun, Oswell said.

Coast Guard officials created a 1,000-yard safety zone around the injured whale, which was shot about a mile east of Neah Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The whale had begun heading to sea Saturday afternoon, Oswell said.

Although the tribe has subsistence fishing rights to kill whales, Oswell said preliminary information indicates the whale may have been shot illegally.

"We allow native hunts for cultural purposes. However, this does not appear to be of that nature so far," he said.

The Makah Tribe has more than 1,000 members and is based in Neah Bay.

A call to tribal officials was not immediately returned on Saturday. Tribal Chairman Ben Johnson told The Seattle Times that the tribe has been seeking an exemption from the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act so that it could take up to five gray whales per year. However, Johnson said the tribe had not yet secured that exemption for a new hunt.

I'm sorry to all the animal lovers, but this just made me smile when I read it - thought I'd share.
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Actually I knew it wasn't Rosie you were talking about. You see, the earth's gravitational field has not shifted back to normal yet, and global warming has not yet ceased... for we all know that when Rosie passes, there will be far less pollutants put into the atmosphere each time she opens her yap.
 

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Now where would the Indian Tribe get a 50 Cal machine gun. We all know ownership of these have been illegial since 1929 Sullivan Act outlawed priviate ownership of those nasty weapons. ;) ;)
 

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I lived near where this whale was taken. I lived on Whidbey Island for 5 years.
If I remember right the tribe does have a right to hunt whales like it or not. (They also get to have untaxed casinos, so what). Many tribes do this.
And I think that they must harpoon the whale or use other traditional methods but they can use a weapon after the hunt to stop the whale from "suffering" any further. This is from memory of course when I last lived there.
And they used a bolt action .50 at the time as permitted if I remember right, not a machine gun as this article states.
 
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