Sperm whale at Gulfview Heights last night

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  1. Liv'smom

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    Whuta ya mane it's gonna be niney minutes? Ya wunt me ta shoot it? Yeehaw, come on boys, we gonna shoot us a whale!!! :clap_1:

    Good ole boys to the rescue. :shark:
     
  2. rapunzel

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    Oh my god...laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!
     
  3. Kurt Lischka

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    Please hold off criticizing unless you have good information.
     
  4. Mango

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    Agreed. If the whale was suffering, it may have been the only humane thing to do. The article states that the deputy did speak to a marine veterinarian and by the time a vet got to the site, it may have prolonged the whales agony.
     
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  5. Liv'smom

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    I was born and raised here. I was here when it was so eloquently referred to as BFE. Before the term "Sowal" was coined. I think I'm entitled to a little harmless ribbing. No bad feelings. All in fun. :razz:
     
  6. Smiling JOe

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    Kurt does make a good point though. Harmless ribbing is only harmless to the people doing the ribbing.
     
  7. Liv'smom

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    I suppose your right. My skin tends to be a bit thicker than most. I am one who can take it as well as I can dish it out. My apologies to any southern lady or gentleman that may have been offended by my attempt at redneckanese. :nono1:
     
  8. spongegirl

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    sad indeed

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  9. Hop

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    I have a sneaking suspicion the deputy...or the police dept. is about to take some pretty serious heat....
     
  10. sarawind

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    I suppose your right. My skin tends to be a bit thicker than most. I am one who can take it as well as I can dish it out. My apologies to any southern lady or gentleman that may have been offended by my attempt at redneckanese.
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    Liv's Mom, I wasn't offended. Thought your comment funny. Some of us have forgotten that it's quite healthy to be able to laugh at oneself. All this political correctness is going to do this country down the toilet.
     
  11. beach*photog

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    I don't want to stir the pot but here is a pic...

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  12. Smiling JOe

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    typing with a country accent is not at issue.
     
  13. Teresa

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    It's a sad story to hear about, and I'm sure the deputy was sad to have to use his gun on a whale.

    I've never heard of a pygmy sperm whale. I'm sorry 'bout the mama whale, but now I'm concerned about the baby!
     
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    being sensitive to others is always the way to be.
     
  15. sarawind

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    Sheesh! A person can laugh at or make a funny post and still have compassion for the subject at hand. IMHO, the policeman shouldn't be
    tarred and feathered until all the facts are known. While the pictures are
    grisly, he may have been in the right. If he was in the wrong, I hope he will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.
     
  16. Bobby J

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    As sad as this is, I bet the police officer would like to play it all over again. I have alot of respect for these guys on the streets making no money and catchin S@#$% every time they turn around. My bet is he felt like he was doing the right thing. We may never know for sure.
     
  17. Mango

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    I removed the photo and aghast that you would post such a heinous picture.:blink:
     
  18. Kurt Lischka

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    That was my point. ;-)
     
  19. Babyblue

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    :dunno: Why did this happen???
     
  20. bsmart

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    I bit my tongue for a few days until I was able to get some time to gather some information regarding the officer's conduct. If I were going to punish the officer and bring charges against the Walton County Sheriff's Department because of the officer's questionable conduct, it would be for a jursidictional issue.

    Did the officer have the jurisdictional authority to shoot the animal? No.

    Why? Because the whale species we are discussing here is on the list of threatened and endangered species made possible by the Federal Endangered Species Act and by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, but it is not listed on Florida's version of these or any other state legislation.

    He went beyond the scope of his employment in shooting the animal. Yes, he was providing protection for the people of Walton County because it was feared that it would attract sharks which posed a danger to beachgoers, but there were Red Flag conditions so there should not have been anyone in the waters to begin with, and if not he could have simply cleared on lookers from the waters by simply informing them of the dangers.
     

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