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Gray whale shooting

September 9, 2007
Members of the Makah Tribe are thought to have illegally shot and killed a California gray whale off the coast of Washington state. The tribe does have the right to hunt whales for tribal purposes, but officials say that this was not for a cultural hunt.
An article written by the Associated Press http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/09/whale.shot.ap/index.html said that the whale was shot with a .50-caliber machine gun, a mile off the western tip of Washington.
A local Seattle radio station, KONP News radio AM 1450 http://www.konp.com/local/3082, posted an article stating that the incident occurred at 7:15PM on Saturday night. The coast guard has five members of the tribe in custody, but no charges have been filed yet. The whale was confirmed dead by the tribe, however the whale never resurfaced after being shot.