A 41-year-old woman is accused of "stomping all over" a sea turtle nest in Florida.
Officers saw Yaqun Lu using a wooden stick to jab at a nest as she was “stomping” around the area, according to Miami Beach police. The nest was located in a closed-off area in the city.
Fortunately the eggs were not damaged. Lu is facing a felony charge of molesting marine turtles or eggs.
Lu, a Chinese citizen who listed a Michigan address, is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on a $5,000 bond, according to the Miami Herald.
Miami Beach is a nesting habitat for Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback sea turtles. The sea turtle season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.
“Sea turtles lay around 100 eggs in a nest and lay between 3 and 7 nests during the summer nesting season,” according to a Miami Beach website. “It is important not to disturb hatchlings, eggs or nests since hatchlings need to crawl to the sea unimpeded.”
Sea turtles are protected by federal law, and laws in the state of Florida make it illegal to harm them or their offspring. If you observe anyone harming a nesting or hatchling sea turtle, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at (888) 404-FWCC.