The news out of Florida is of a Michigan woman arrested after she allegedly stomped on a sea turtle nest in her bare feet.
According to the Miami Herald, Yaqun Lu, a 41-year-old Chinese woman who has a Michigan address was seen by bystanders and law enforcement officers as she held a wooden stake and was “jabbing at the sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest with her bare feet”.
The charges included molesting or harassing Marine turtles and/or their eggs. You will be happy to know that the eggs were unharmed, despite the woman’s actions.
POLICE: MBPD arrested a woman this morning seen “jabbing at a sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest.” Thankfully, it appears the eggs were not damaged.— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 15, 2019
Sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1 through October 31. #MBShareTheShore
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It occurred in a protected and closed off area of Miami Beach. There was a double perimeter of yellow tape with 8 wooden stakes. A sign was also included by the nest that said, ‘Do Not Disturb’.
Ernesto Rodriguez, a Miami Beach police spokesman said: “Thankfully, it appears the eggs were not damaged”.
Sea turtles are protected under the US Endangered Species act of 1973 according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Harassing or harming sea turtles or their hatchlings in Florida is illegal.
At least three different types of sea turtle species nest on Miami Beach, including the Green, Leatherback, and Loggerhead. They knew that the turtles were in the area which is why they had it blocked off ahead of time. Sea turtle nesting season typically is between April and November.
Lu is in custody on a $5000 bond.