Marine biologist to be sentenced in feeding orcas

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Updated: 1/13 1:04 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A prominent Northern California marine biologist will be sentenced in federal court in San Jose after pleading guilty to illegally feeding killer whales in the wild.

Nancy Black, who runs a popular whale watching tour on Monterey Bay, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday for one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a misdemeanor.

Federal prosecutors initially accused Black of feeding orcas in 2004 and 2005 and altering a videotape of her encounters with whales and then lying about it.

Black's guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge resulted in federal prosecutors dropping all the other charges and not seeking jail time.

The marine biologist's work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet. She also operates Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

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