Fla. man rides sea turtle, spears shark, goes to jail, police say

According to KeyNews, Carlos Argen Hernandez was arrested after police said he was harassing a sea turtle and had speared an undersized nurse shark and put it in a cooler. A witness saw Hernandez and his girlfriend with the sea turtle.

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“He was with his girlfriend and had jumped in the water and brought up a sea turtle,” Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Bobby Dipre said. “He took it to shore. He had it on the rocks and was taking pictures with it. I don’t know if his intent was to keep it or just take pictures of it.”

According to OutdoorHub.com, witnesses said Hernandez attempted to ride the turtle before taking it to shore.

Dipre added that Hernandez had multiple snappers already filleted allegedly while he was fishing, which is illegal. He clarified that “anglers are allowed to keep one nurse shark a day, but they cannot be speared and must be at least 54 inches in length.”

The sea turtle at the scene was fine and was released back into the ocean.

Read more at KeyNews.com.

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