Woman Arrested for Allegedly ‘Stomping All Over’ Nest of Sea Turtles on Florida Beach
A woman arrested for “trampling” the sea turtle nest on Florida Beach
A woman in Florida was arrested by Miami Beach police after witnessing her alleged hit on a sea turtle nest.
According to CNN, Yaqun Lu, 41, has “attacked the sea turtle nest with a wooden stake” and “trampled the barefoot nest” on Saturday.
Lu, a Chinese citizen currently residing in Hudsonville, Michigan, is charged with harassing or harassing sea turtles or eggs, according to court records online. She has been brought to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and is on a $ 5,000 bail, according to the Miami Herald.
After Lu’s arrest, the area was closed to the public with yellow tape and a sign saying, “Do not disturb the nest of sea turtles,” according to a sworn affidavit to CNN.
The authorities have informed the Chinese consulate in Houston of Lu’s arrest. Their online records indicate that no lawyer is listed for them.
“Fortunately, the eggs do not seem to be damaged,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, spokesperson for the Miami Beach police at the Herald.
The Miami Beach police did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Under the US Endangered Species Act of 1973, it is illegal to damage or harass sea turtles and their nests or juveniles. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are laws in Florida that deal with sea turtles, nests and eggs.
As reported on the Miami Beach Rising Above website, the sea turtle nesting season lasts from May 1st to October 31st. The city of Miami Beach is a nesting place for three species of protected marine turtles. false head, green back and leather. Sea turtles lay about 100 eggs in a nest and lay between 3 and 7 nests during the summer breeding season.
Artificial light is also a threat to turtles during the breeding season because kittens are instinctively attracted to bright light. As part of the turtle nest protection ordinance, the City of Miami Beach has worked to minimize the impact of artificial light on juvenile and nesting sea turtles.