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Florida Man Charged After Taking Over 100 Sea Turtle Eggs

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Glenn Shaw was charged with removing over 100 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from a Florida beach. 

On Friday, July 1, wildlife officers saw Glenn Shaw taking eggs from a loggerhead sea turtle as she was laying them on Jupiter Island. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested him around 10:30 p.m. when he was caught in the act.

It was found that Shaw had 107 eggs in his possession and while 92 were re-buried, according to NBC News, 15 were kept as evidence for DNA testing.

NBC News
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Shaw faces a third degree felony charge for "violating the marine turtle protection act" as "taking and possessing sea turtle eggs is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000."

It's believed that Shaw was the same man that FWC biologists reported a week ago when they thought they saw someone stealing eggs on Jupiter Island. Loggerhead sea turtles are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Florida Man Charged After Taking Over 100 Sea Turtle Eggs