A man was filmed allegedly trying to steal a protected species of turtle by carrying it off a beach.
In the bizarre footage, filmed by a fellow beach-goer, the man can be seen picking up the massive turtle and lugging it on to his shoulders. The clip was taken on a beach in the tourist hot-spot of Mazatlan in the north-western Mexican state of Sinaloa.
The turtle is reportedly an olive ridley sea turtle, which is ‘vulnerable’ according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, meaning that it is protected by Mexican laws.
As the man attempts to walk away with the animal, he can be seen readjusting his position. According to local media, the man ‘took advantage’ of the fact repair work was going on meaning that there were no police officers in the area at the time.
The olive ridley sea turtle was once considered the most abundant of all sea turtles, but due to commercial harvesting, their numbers have dropped by a whopping 30 percent.
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