Turtle found dead on Florida beach, shell removed

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 13:25:07-04

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for two men who removed the shell of a turtle and left the body on a beach this month. 

The sea turtle was found washed up at Jacksonville Beach on June 8.

A member of the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol made a report of the dead turtle and identified it as an immature green sea turtle. 

After leaving the beach, FWC said patrol members received a report that two men had removed the shell of the turtle and left the body.

According to Florida law, possession of sea turtle shells is a violation. The animals are protected both federally and by the state of Florida.

FWC is asking anyone with information in the case to call their Wildlife Alert at 888-404-3922 or text to Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.