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