A 19-year-old kid from Hawaii, Cameron Cayaban, was fined $100 yesterday after pleading guilty to "harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species" in March, when he slapped an endangered monk seal named Kermit. What an asshole. From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
The government charged Cayaban with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal known as Kermit on March 12 while the animal was re-entering the ocean.
His lawyer, Pamela Cayaban said he had never seen a seal before and wanted to get close to it. After he touched the animal, he said it turned around, looked at him, then went into the water.