The FWC says the man in these photographs taken Aug. 13 was disturbing a sea turtle nest. FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Published: August 29, 2013   |
Updated: August 29, 2013 at 02:18 PM
State wildlife officials are looking for a man photographed this month disturbing a sea turtle nest in Sarasota County.
Sea turtles, their eggs and their nests are protected under state and federal law.
The photographer confronted the man Aug. 13 on Casey Key, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The man told the photographer he was collecting turtle eggs for release after hatching, but there is no program for such activity, the FWC said.
Anyone with information about the man was urged to call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922. Tipsters may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.
In Florida, 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.