Woman Arrested In Florida For Harassing Sea Turtle Nest

June 18, 2019

All sea turtles and their nests are protected by federal and state laws.

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A woman from China was arrested June 15 by Miami Beach Police for allegedly stomping a sea turtle nest and poking a stick into the nest, according to the Miami Herald

Miami beach Police Department

Yaqun Lu, from China, was arrested by Miami Beach Police. She was charged with disturbing and harrassing a sea turtle nest.

Yaqun Lu, 41, was apparently seen by Miami Beach police officers as well as bystanders poking a wooden stake into a sea turtle nest and stomping on the reptile nest with her bare feet. The nest was in a protected section of beach that was closed off to the public with a “Do Not Disturb” sign posted nearby. 

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Lu was taken into custody and is being held on a $5,000 bond and the Consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in Houston was notified of her arrest. 

“Thankfully, it appears the eggs were not damaged,” Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said. 

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