Fernandina Beach turtle hatchlings. Hundreds of turtle hatchlings have invading a Fernandina beach in Florida, interrupting a firework show and leaving spectators speechless. It was turtle hatchlings cuteness all over the place, a witness says.
Hundreds of turtle hatchlings were spotted making their way to the ocean during the prime hours of America’s birthday in Fernandina Beach in North Florida and it was all caught on camera.
Becky Finsness, who recorded the video, has lived in the area for 30 years and has never had a Fourth of July quite like this one.
“It was awesome to watch these little guys make their way to the ocean,” Finsness told the Miami Herald. “After seeing this I was like, ‘What fireworks?’”
She wasn’t the only one. In the video, beachgoers can be heard exclaiming their surprise, with some calling it a “miracle” and others cheering on the little babies as they quickly waddled to the water.
Miami Woman Arrested For Turtle Nest Stomping
A Miami woman was arrested for stomping on a turtle nest on the beach. The woman, who goes by the name of Yaqun Lu, was taken into custody by Miami Beach authorities after eye witnesses reported seeing her stabbing the nest with a wooden stick and stomping on it.
Miami Beach Police reported this weekend that a woman, 41 years old, by the name of Yaqyn Lu was arrested and booked into the city jail after she was seen, as reported by witness, violently attacking a turtle nest on the beach. Lu, a Chinese national who resides in Michigan, is facing multiple felony charges for violating Florida law and the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973. She was also placed on a 5,000 dollar bail.
Officials also reported that the eggs were protected by a fence and a warning sign clearly said not to touch the turtle nest. Nonetheless, the daring woman went through the protection fence and began to move and hit the eggs, using a stick to later walk barefoot on them.
Fortunately, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the eggs were not damaged and the nest has been restored. Sea turtles, depending on the species, are listed as Endangered or Threatened and are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Florida Sea Turtles Protection Act.
Anyone handling sea turtles or their eggs, for example for scientific or educational purposes, must be licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
From May to October, the turtles will be in their nesting stage. The police is encouraging protect the nests of these animals in the different beaches of the state of Florida and to alert officials of any wrongdoing.
As for Yaqyn Lu, if convicted she faces up to 5 years in jail.