Who is Jordan Gerbich?
Jordan Gerbich is a Utah man who fatally shot an elephant seal in the head on a California beach on 28 September 2019 near the Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve in San Simeon, according to federal prosecutors. He has been sentenced to three months in prison.
Gerbich lived in California at the time of the incident but is now based in Utah.
Armed with a .45-caliber pistol, Jordan Gerbich drove to an area of San Luis Obispo County filled with northern elephant seals. Then he fatally shot a seal in the head. https://t.co/Fsn2bNCGJ2
— KTLA (@KTLA) April 12, 2021
How old is Jordan Gerbich?
Jordan Gerbich is 30 years old as of the year 2021.
Jordan Gerbich Utah
Jordan fatally shot the seal that was resting on the beach using a .45-caliber pistol, “as a kind of grotesque test,” after an intoxicated friend, told him to kill the marine mammal. Prosecutors claimed that the 30-year-old did not kill the seal “by accident or on a whim,” explaining that Mr. Gerbich and his friend brought a handgun to an area where the animals are known to rest.
The incident happened at night, with Mr. Gerbich using a flashlight to help see the seal when shooting it.
The seal was found on the beach with a bullet wound on its head and its tail fins cut off and cut open.
Jordan Gerbich Arrested
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), he used a .45-caliber pistol to shoot and kill the seal resting on the beach in the Piedras Blancas rookery, according to his plea agreement. Northern elephant seals — a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act — live up and down the Pacific coast, usually gathering in areas on land called rookeries to breed.
Mr Gerbich pleaded guilty in December 2020 to one count of illegally taking a marine mammal, a federal misdemeanour, and was sentenced to three months in prison earlier this week. His three months in prison will be followed by three months in home detention.
Mr. Gerbich will have to perform 120 hours of community service alongside paying a $1,000 (£727) fine.