The state wildlife commission protects the state’s five species of marine turtles, which officials say are vulnerable due to illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution.

“Sea turtles, which are among the oldest creatures on earth, have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years,” the commission’s website reads. “However, they face an uncertain future.”Four of the five species are considered endangered, and the loggerhead turtle featured in the photographs is listed as threatened, Hochberg said.

On Saturday, the society posted news of the arrest on its Facebook page, a post that had been shared nearly 600 times by early afternoon.Hochberg said he was glad to see authorities enforcing the laws and hoped Moore would get a punishment that would “sting a bit” and perhaps inspire her to advocate for the turtles.”I do hope that there are some kind of penalties levied against her to where she realizes that what she did was not only stupid but wrong,” Hochberg said.

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