sperm whale rider
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Science.
Photo: Margie Casey

A few days ago heartbreaking photos surfaced of two men attempting to ride a dying sperm whale as if it were a surf board in the waters off Pompano beach.

The 40-foot whale was in distress, and, as one might imagine, humans harassing the animal in such an invasive way is thought to have potentially contributed to the death.

Thankfully, the feds are taking the crime seriously and are looking for the men. According to the SunSentinal, conviction of such a crime could result in up to a year in prison and a pricey $100,000 fine.

If you know any information about who these men were, please call the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s hotline: 800-856-1964.

And a big thank you to witness and photographer of the image above, Margie Casey, for taking the picture and hopefully educating any other would-be whale surfers that such behavior is reprehensible and criminal.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://twitter.com/mehrmur mehr ali

    oh the humanity, or lack of.

  • Janet Bronce

    Please the whale was dying and two men decided to ride it. BIG DEAL!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.tory.3 Andrea Tory Godlew

      I hope someone tries to ride you when you’re dying!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.martin.79677 Jill Martin

    Are you sure they are black men because black people are afraid to go out in deep water.

  • phloxy

    We need to rid our species of such scumbags as these.