Four charged in turtle capture

Department of Environment enforcement officers charged four men on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the capture of a 400-pound turtle.

They had arrested one man on the morning of 1 October following the discovery of the dead turtle in an ice chest on board a local fishing boat.

They made three further arrests at 3.30pm Wednesday.

All four men were charged with possession of a turtle without a license and taking a turtle during the prescribed closed season.

They are scheduled to appear in Summary Court on Tuesday.

The turtle, which was four feet in length, was a fully grown female green sea turtle and was described by DoE officers as the largest they had seen.

Poaching turtles is illegal in the Cayman Islands at all times unless a person owns a DoE-issued turtling licence. Turtles are also protected during nesting season, which runs from April through November.

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