Daniel Archibald was recently accused of shooting a pilot whale from his boat near Cape May, New Jersey, nearly four years ago.
Archibald turned himself into federal authorities on Thursday for allegedly violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. He was released after posting a $10,000 bail, reports the Associated Press.
The case goes back to September 2011 when a 740-pound pilot whale was shot by a bullet from a Mosin-Nagant rifle, which is an archaic weapon dating back to World War II. The whale beached itself on a New Jersey shore and died.
According to PhillyMag.com, federal authorities launched an investigation that placed Archibald’s boat, Capt. Bob, 200 miles off the coast when the whale was shot. Prosecutors also claim that Archibald posted a picture of himself on Facebook holding a tuna head with the caption, "thanks a lot pilot whales" before the whale was shot.
Archibald reportedly posted another picture of ammunition with the caption, "Let's make some noise.”
The feds claim they found a Mosin-Nagant rifle on the Capt. Bob.
Archibald admitted to shooting a "spray" of bullets at whales to keep them away from his boat, claim federal authorities, but Archibald's lawyer Bill Hughes insists there's more to the case.