...as a legitimate tool for a subsistence fishery, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) declared after five members of Washington State's Makah band repeatedly strafed a Gray Whale in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, off Vancouver Island.
No word in the story as to whether the five lads always use their .50 calibre on whales, or whether they ever go out just to shoot off a few rounds, or maybe whack some pesky herring gulls:
And I hope the boyz didn't go back to their long-house and cover themselves in chalk afterwards as part of some kind of hunting ceremony, because I think employing a machine gun under such circumstances might be considered demeaning to the ritual.
On the upside, as a White Liberal, I suddenly feel a lot less guilty about my dad, his army buddies, and their "C4 Lures".
PS. For a good local commentary on the incident, go here.