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A dead sea turtle was found with a spear through the head in a Florida national park

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A dead sea turtle with a spear, the shaft and its head was recently found floating in the waters of a national park in Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.

Biscayne National Park’s Marine patrol officers have said that they are investigating the “poached” the turtle and ask for the public’s help in finding those responsible.

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The park has posted a video of the turtle in the water, floating on her Facebook page. The camera zooms in on the creatures head, and the spear piercing through his head.

For the fishermen, the federal government protected the animal, that looked like a green turtle, and on Friday afternoon, a park service law enforcement ranger, told the Miami Herald.

All of the five species of sea turtles found in Florida are either endangered or threatened, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission. The reptiles are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act.

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The killing of a sea turtle to be in violation of these acts can result in both criminal and civil violations. If convicted, the person may be faced with a group of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $100,000, according to the Halmos’s College of natural Sciences and Oceanography.

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