Wildlife officials say a San Jose man has been sentenced to two years’ probation in the fatal shooting of a great white shark.
The Santa Cruz Superior Court also fined 41-year-old Vinh Pham $5,000 and ordered his firearm destroyed, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday.
Wildlife officers began investigating in June after a 9-foot male shark with multiple bullet holes washed up on a beach in Aptos, near Santa Cruz. A necropsy found the shark had been killed by a .22-caliber firearm.
The department said a caller on a tip line reported that a member of a commercial fishing crew may have been responsible for the animal’s death.