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Woman charged with jabbing a sea turtle nest with a wooden stake is back in jail

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Keeping beaches dark at night and free of obstacles will help sea turtles during their nesting season, which began in Florida on March 1 and lasts through the end of October. Bright artificial lighting can misdirect and disturb nesting sea turtles

A Michigan woman charged with disturbing a sea turtle nest earlier this month in Miami Beach was back in jail Tuesday, records show.

Yaquin Lu, 41, was arrested Monday after being caught at the airport for trying to go to Panama, according to her attorney Frank Quintero Jr. He said there were also issues with her bond.

But Quintero said the ticket was booked before she was arrested and that there was no court order in place prohibiting her from traveling.

The Chinese citizen, who was out on a $75,000 bond, was expected to face a judge Wednesday.

Lu was originally arrested June 15 and charged with molesting or harassing marine turtles or their eggs.

Bystanders and officers said they saw Lu using a wooden stake to jab a sea turtle nest — which was in a closed-off area — and then stomped on it with her feet. Wooden stakes along with yellow tape are used to block off the are in the 500 block of the beach.

Under the U.S Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida statutes it is illegal to harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings. The department at the time said the eggs were not harmed.

Lu was being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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