|Published:||Aug 29, 2013 3:55 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 29, 2013 3:55 PM EDT|
CASEY KEY, Fla.- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking information about the identity or whereabouts of a person photographed disturbing a sea turtle nest Aug. 13 on Casey Key, in Sarasota County.
When confronted by the photographer regarding his actions, the unidentified man claimed he was collecting turtle eggs to be released later when they hatched.
According to the FWC, there is no program permitted for this type of activity.
Anyone having information about the individual in the photo is urged to call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, anytime, day or night. Those reporting wildlife and fisheries law violations may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward upon arrest of a violator.
Sea turtles, their eggs and their nests are protected under state and federal law. Under state law, destroying a sea turtle nest or eggs is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and/or five years in prison.
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