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Nancy Black is an internationally recognized whale scientist who has been researching the biology of whales, and dolphins in Monterey Bay, California for nearly 30 years. To the disbelief of all who know her, on January 4, 2012, the U.S.Department of Justice charged her criminally with "feeding" killer whales and editing a videotape of  friendly humpback encountered during a routine whale watch. The government was so proud of itself as defender of marine mammals that it issued a press release that was picked up by many news services, newpapers and web news services around the world.

The charges against Nancy were brought after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) had harassed Nancy, her friends and associates, research associated for seven years demading that she plea bargain by paying a huge fine (that NOAA would keep for its own budget). For eight years Nancy hired attorneys at a cost of over $100,000, and was joined by the nonprofit legal group Cause of Action in her defense. Finally, in the spring of 2013, to end this nightmare and avoid an expensive trial, Nancy signed a plea agreement pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of "feeding" orcas in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Many legal experts assert that Nancy's behavior was not "feeding" as that term was meant in the MMPA.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nancy was sentenced to pay a fine of $12,500 and to perform 300 hours of community service. Nancy is doing her community service volunteering at the ASPCA.

This website was created soon after the charges were filed to provide Nancy's supporters and the public with current, detailed and accurate information regarding Nancy, her activities and the charges. At this point, the website is designed to provide interested persons and researchers with accurate information about this case and the outrageous behavior of NOAA and the Department of Justice.


Disclaimer:  This website is entirely the work of Nancy's friends and volunteers who include many other whale scientists, and does not represent the official position of Nancy or her attorneys on any issue. If you have any corrections, additions or questions, please e-mail us at wm@nancyblacklegaldefense.org.