EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCN) — At least two sea turtle nests were found vandalized on Friday in Emerald Isle, according to the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol.
The nonprofit group said the stakes were pulled up and broken and that someone walked across the nest and appeared to have done some digging.
“Thank you for leaving your beer can as evidence,” the group said on Facebook.
The same nest was disturbed again Friday night, along with a second nest. A police report has been filed with the Emerald Isle Police Department.
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, distributing or otherwise harming sea turtle eggs, hatchlings and adults can carry a federal fine up to $50,000 and/or serve up to one year in prison.