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Old 06-17-2019, 12:16 AM   #1
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A woman was arrested in Florida for allegedly stomping on sea turtle nests

A woman was arrested in Florida for allegedly stomping on sea turtle nests
Dakin Andone

By Dakin Andone, CNN

Updated 2:51 PM ET, Sun June 16, 2019

(CNN)A woman has been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after she was seen stomping on a sea turtle nest, according to police.
Yaqun Lu, 41, was seen by witnesses and Miami Beach police officers on Saturday "jabbing at the sea turtle nest" with a wooden stake and "stomping all over the nest with her bare feet," an arrest affidavit says.
The area had been closed off to the public with yellow tape and a sign that said, "Do not disturb sea turtle nest," the affidavit says.

Lu, a Chinese citizen who gave police a home address in Michigan, faces a charge of marine turtle or egg molestation or harassment, per online court records.

Court records indicate Lu is represented by a public defender. CNN was unable to reach the public defender's office for comment.
A number of sea turtle species are protected under both the 1973 US Endangered Species Act and Florida law, according to Miami Beach's website, and it's illegal to touch or harm them or their eggs.

Miami Beach serves as a nesting habitat for three species of sea turtles -- Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback -- between April and early November, its website says.
"Thankfully," Miami Beach police said, "it appears the eggs were not damaged."

Old 06-17-2019, 11:02 AM   #2
Well, that's one way to get your airfare back to your native country covered by the US taxpayers, once your prison sentence is done, of course.

Also who the heck smiles for a mug shot? I'd like to slap that smirk off of her face.
Old 06-17-2019, 11:42 AM   #3
It is devastating to have nesting areas like this one disturbed in such a manner. But I am thinking that what we are seeing is some sort of mental illness and not a deliberate, malicious assault. The eggs represent no danger, there is no profit motive, and it seems to me that few who are aware of what damage has been done would smile if they are caught and booked. It will be interesting to see what reasons Yaqun gives for her harmful behavior as reports of this incident continue.
Old 06-17-2019, 07:54 PM   #4
Just... WHY ????

damned humans....
Old 06-17-2019, 09:41 PM   #5
It's actually scary how many apparently disturbed and unfathomable people there are on this planet.

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