120 Sea Turtle Eggs Found in Backpack
The eggs are being re-buried in the hopes they will hatch
Published at 1:44 PM EDT on Aug 28, 2010 | Updated at 1:45 PM EDT on Aug 28, 2010
Authorities are reburying about 120 sea turtle eggs after they were found in a backpack in South Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday the backpack belonged to Kenneth Coleman, who was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after he fled on a bicycle when stopped by an officer.
He also faces federal charges, including one count of violating the endangered species act.
Some cultures consider the eggs to be an aphrodisiac and they can also be baked for food and used for religious purposes. Authorities say they are sold for up $36 a dozen on the black market.
It was not immediately known if Coleman had attorney.
The eggs are being reburied in the hopes that they will hatch. Florida, home to 90% of loggerhead sea turtle nests in the U.S., recently recorded its fourth-worst nesting season on record.
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