It’s not a SEAT turtle! Outrage after Florida girls share social media photos sitting on state’s beloved marine creatures Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3148933/It-s-not-SEAT-turtle-Outrage-Florida-girls-share-social-media-photos-sitting-state-s-beloved-marine-creatures.html#ixzz3f6TnXcJL Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
- Two girls seen riding sea turtles at Melbourne Beach in central Florida
- Social media users have shared the post and called for them to go to prison
- One of the young women says that she has received death threats because of the photos
Two central Florida girls say that they have received death threats after posting pictures of themselves sitting on turtles at a local beach.
The young women, whose names are being widely circulated on social media along with the photos, caused outrage after sending messages on the smartphone app Snapchat with the protected animals at Melbourne Beach in Brevard County.
One of the girls says she was only hovering over the turtle, though the other says that she rode one all the way to the sea.
Sea turtles’ protected status in Florida means that the girl may face charges
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that it is investigating the behavior of two women who send messages on Snapchat that feared them sitting on top of turtles
The ‘harassment of marine turtles, nests or eggs’ is illegal under the Marine Turtle Protection Act,, according to Click Orlando.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it is aware of the photos and is investigating.
Punishments under Florida law range from misdemeanors up to felonies.
All six sea turtle species found in US coastal waters are either endangered or threatened, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
‘If something is not done, that sends out the wrong message that, ‘Even though these laws are in place, nothing is going to happen to me if I break them. So, what’s to stop me from doing it?’ Sea Turtle Preservation Society chairman David Hochberg told