WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 41-year old Chinese national has been arrested after she was seen stomping on a sea turtle nest in Miami Beach, Florida, according to authorities.
- Witnesses and the Miami Beach police officers on Saturday spotted Yaqun Lu “jabbing at the sea turtle nest” with a wooden stake and “stomping all over the nest with her bare feet.”
- According to the Miami Herald, Lu, who gave police a Michigan home address, was charged with marine turtle or egg molestation or harassment.
A Michigan woman was arrested by police last Saturday for “stomping all over” a sea turtle’s nest in Miami Beach, Florida, according to the Miami Beach Police.
Yaqun Lu, a Chinese citizen, was caught by cops on Saturday morning holding a wooden stake and “jabbing at the sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest with her bare feet,” the Miami Herald reported.
The sea turtle nest was in a prohibited area of the beach that was closed off to the public. It even had a “Do Not Disturb” sign posted up.
“Thankfully, it appears the eggs were not damaged,” Miami Beach Police said on Twitter.
The 41-year-old, who told police she lives in Hudsonville, Michigan, was arrested and charged with molesting or harassing marine turtles or their eggs, the media outlet reported.
She was taken into custody and was detained at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Her bail was set to $5,000.
The Chinese consulate in Houston was already notified of the Chinese national’s arrest, according to the Miami Beach’s website.
A number of sea turtle species are federally protected by the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 and under Florida laws. It is illegal to harm them, their eggs, offspring or nests.
The Miami Beach Police says nesting season for sea turtles runs from May 1 through October 31.
Source: New York Post