Casey Key turtle nest disturbed: Wildlife officials are looking for a man caught on camera

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers are looking for a young man suspected of disturbing a sea turtle nest on Casey Key.

According to the FWC, a photographer confronted the man on August 13.  He told the photographer he was collecting turtle eggs to be released when they hatched.

Sea turtles, their eggs, and their nests are protected under state and federal law.  In Florida, destroying a nest or eggs is a third-degree felony, punishable by five years in prison, and/or a $5,000 fine.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the person is urged to call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.  Any tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

 

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