Costa Rica Coast Guard arrests two men with butchered sea turtle with 200 eggs

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August 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Coast Guard along with judicial police officers arrested two suspects Tuesday who were in possession of a butchered green sea turtle and some 200 eggs near the mouth of the Parismina River in Limón.

 

The turtle was in its reproductive cycle and its carcass contained about 100 eggs still in the process of formation.



Officers confiscated another 100 mature eggs from the men, all believed to be from the same turtle, in addition to about 75 kilos of green turtle meat.  The mature eggs were transferred to a nursery operated by the NGO Widecast, where the hatchlings are expected to be born in about two months.

 

Green sea turtles are listed as an endangered species and it is illegal to collect, harm, or kill them or their eggs.

 

The men were taken into custody and face multiple charges.

 

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  • El Torito

    Any thought about harvesting THEIR eggs ( huevos)?

  • joanne_b

    Very proud of the Coast Guard for this arrest. Job well done.