Probation for Marine Biologist Who Got Too Close to Otters

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SAN JOSE (AP) —

A prominent California marine biologist on probation for feeding killer whales in the wild has been ordered to serve an extra year on probation for being too close to sea otters.

The Monterey Herald reports a judge on Wednesday also ordered Nancy Black to pay a $2,000 fine.

Black, who co-owns Monterey Bay Whale Watch, admitted to violating the conditions of her probation, which required her to remain at least 50 yards away from marine mammals.

Black says she was documenting otter pup health in the Monterey harbor when two otters swam near her boat and someone took a picture.

Black was placed on three-year probation in 2014 after she roped a piece of gray whale blubber and attached it to the side of her boat near a feeding pod of orcas in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.