Woman arrested after jabbing sea turtle nest with wooden stake, stomping on eggs, police say

A woman was arrested Saturday after she was seen jabbing a sea turtle nest with a wooden stake and then stomping on the eggs, police said.

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Yaqun Lu, 41, pulled up a wooden stake used to cordon off the nest and jabbed it into the sand at 8:15 a.m., WPLG reported.

Police said Lu then "stomped all over the nest." Investigators determined none of the eggs were damaged.

Lu was arrested and charged with marine turtle or egg molestation/harassment, according to jail records.

Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Nesting season is May 1 to Oct. 30. Loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles all nest on Miami beaches. Officials did not indicate which type of sea turtle laid the nest.

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