Loggerhead sea turtles were found in a water-filled tank, officials said.
Cleaners at the Admiral’s Inn in Tybee Island, Georgia, found six loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in a water-filled trash on Tuesday, police said.
All six of the young were alive, a police report from Tybee Island Police Department said, according to The Island Package.
The couple staying in the room — a man and a woman from Kentucky, according to the Savannah Morning News — were allegedly drunk when she picked up the boy the night for The Island Packet reported.
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The man, who has not yet been named, reportedly told police other late-night beachgoers tried to get the boy as she crawled in the direction of the ocean. In response, he and the woman, who also was not identified, placed them in a cup and took them to the room for safety.”
The man added that the two planned for the young turtles to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center the following day, according to a police report obtained by The Island Packet.
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Officers with the Tybee Island Police Department and the state of the Ministry of Natural Resources are still investigating the incident.
All but one of the baby turtles released into the ocean. The other is now with the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, where it will remain for about two years.
“We want to do it as quickly as possible, so they have their hormonal boost to get them out of the Sargasso Sea and it doesn’t get lost swimming in our tank,” Chantal Audran, curator of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, told the Savannah Morning News for the five boy was released.
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Loggerhead sea turtles are a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and are federally protected, according to The National Wildlife Federation.
In addition, people are prohibited by the touch with the stick, without a permit, according to The Island Packet, which adds offenders can face fines anywhere from $100 to $10,500.
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