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New Jersey Man Accused of Shooting Whales with WWII-Era Rifle in 2011

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New Jersey tuna fisherman Daniel Archibald faces charges of shooting whales.

Defendant Daniel Archibald is charged with shooting at whales from the ship Capt. Bob around August of 2011.

An 11-foot, 740-pound pilot whale was discovered with a .30 caliber bullet lodged in its jaws on Sept. 24, 2011. This appears to have caused infection and the whale starved to death. The bullet appears to match a rifle found that was owned by Mr. Archibald, a World War II-era Mosin-Nagant rifle.

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Daniel Archibald reportedly confessed to shooting at pilot whales around the time the whale died. He claimed to have sprayed bullets toward the whales to scare them away when they were close to his boat.

Whales are protected marine mammals and Daniel Archibald faces one year in prison and $100,000 in fines if found guilty. He is out on $10,000 unsecured bond.

New Jersey Man Accused of Shooting Whales with WWII-Era Rifle in 2011