MI woman accused of jabbing, stomping turtles nest in Miami Beach

Elias Hubbard
June 18, 2019

A woman was arrested for jabbing at and stomping on a sea turtle's nest that was in a protected area along Miami Beach in Florida, United States.

A MI woman has been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida after she was seen jabbing and stomping on a sea turtle nest. No court date information has been made immediately available. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Miami Beach is home to the highest percentage of USA sea turtle nestings, up to 70% of the country's total, the Washington Post reported.

"It is important not to disturb [sea turtle] hatchlings, eggs or nests since hatchlings need to crawl to the sea unimpeded", the website said.

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. Under the Turtle Nesting Protection Ordinance, the city of Miami Beach has worked to minimize the impact of artificial lighting on hatchlings and nesting sea turtles. Lu's alleged actions would be in violation of both mandates. In 2015, Stephanie Moore, 20, was arrested in Melbourne, Florida, after posting photos of herself riding a sea turtle, which constituted an abuse of the endangered species.

"Thankfully, it appears the eggs were not damaged", Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez was quoted as saying about the harassed nest.

The Miama Beach Police confirmed none of the eggs were harmed.

Of course, baby sea turtles have it hard enough without the efforts of stomping asshole humans.

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