Turtle nest on Nokomis Beach damaged by suspected poachers
NOKOMIS – Three Suspected poachers damaged a sea turtle nest on Thursday, July 5 on Nokomis Beach, according to a release from Mote Marine Laboratory.
Three individuals reportedly dug into a nest marked with stakes and left one broken egg on its surface. It is not clear whether they took any eggs.
Two members of Mote Marine Laboratory’s nighttime sea turtle tagging team saw the perpetrators digging into the nest at around 1:30 a.m. As the tagging team got closer, the individuals filled their hole, ran away, and could not be identified. Mote reported the incident to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which investigates wildlife law violations.
The nest was originally discovered and marked with wooden stakes and flagging tape two weeks earlier by Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program, which documents sea turtle nesting activity along 35 miles of Sarasota County beaches. The program marks nests for research and protection, helping beachgoers recognize and respect them.
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