Sea Turtle With Spear Through Head Found in Florida National Park

first_img Two-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling Found on South Carolina BeachWatch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy Line Stay on target A dead sea turtle with a spear shaft through its head was found in Biscayne National Park in Florida, officials from the National Park Service said Tuesday.Biscayne National Park Marine Patrol Officers said they are investigating the “poached” turtle and asked for the public’s help in finding those responsible for  killing the federally and state-protected animal.center_img The turtle, believed to be a green sea turtle, was discovered by fishermen on the ocean side of Elliot Key Friday afternoon, a park’s service law enforcement ranger told the Miami Herald.All species of sea turtles are either endangered or threatened, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act.Killing a sea turtle in violation of those acts can result in both criminal and civil offenses. If convicted, the person can face a criminal up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000, according to Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.“If you have any information about the poached sea turtle, please contact Biscayne National Park dispatch at 305-242-7740,” the park posted on its Facebook page.Watch: Chill Turtle Takes GoPro on a Leisurely Swim Through Great Barrier ReefMore on Geek.com:Watch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy LineAll the Sea Turtles in This Study Had Microplastics in Their GutsRecord-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found in Mississippilast_img read more