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Woman Arrested for Disturbing Florida Sea Turtle Nest

A Chinese woman visiting from Michigan was arrested on a charge of disturbing a sea turtle nest. A Chinese woman visiting from Michigan was arrested on a charge of disturbing a sea turtle nest. |  Photo: WDIO

Associated Press
Created: June 15, 2019 05:40 PM

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Chinese woman visiting from Michigan was arrested on a charge of disturbing a sea turtle nest.
    
Miami Beach police officers on Saturday arrested 41-year-old Yaqun Lu. She is facing a felony charge of molesting marine turtles or eggs.
    
An arrest report says officers witnessed Lu using a wooden stick to jab at a nest and she stomped all over the nesting area with her bare feet.
    
The nest was in an area closed off from the public by sticks and yellow tape.
    
Officers say the eggs weren't damaged.
    
Online records showed no attorney listed for Lu.
    
The report says the Chinese consulate in Houston was notified about the arrest.
    
Sea turtles are protected by federal law, and Florida laws make it illegal to harm them or their offspring.

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