Authorities are looking for the identity and
whereabouts of a man accused of disturbing a sea turtle nest on Casey Key on
August 13, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A beachgoer noticed the man disturbing the nest and took his photograph. When asked why he was disturbing the eggs, the suspect said he was collecting turtle eggs to be released later when they hatched, according to a report. However, the FWC says there is not a program that permits this type of activity.
The FWC is requesting help identifying the man in the photographs. Anyone having information about the individual 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.
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. For more information on sea turtles and efforts to protect them, visit MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.