Sarasota, Florida -- The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking information about the man photographed disturbing a sea turtle nest on Casey Key.
When the man was reportedly confronted by the photographer regarding his actions, he said he was collecting turtle eggs to be released later when they hatched.
to the FWC, there is no program permitted for this type of activity.
with information about the individual in the photo is urged to call the
Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Those reporting
wildlife and fisheries law violations may remain anonymous and be eligible for
a reward upon arrest of a violator.
Under state law, 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.