Diver faces charges in Siaoliouciou for stomping on turtle

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 12, 2019
By: Chen Yan-ting and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A diver is being prosecuted for allegedly stomping on a sea turtle on Siaoliouciou Island (小琉球), the first

Photo provided by the Coast Guard Administration’s Southern Branch

time someone has been charged with harassing protected marine life on the island.

A local resident reported the diver to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

The diver reportedly told CGA officers sent to investigate on Monday that he and other divers had not touched the turtle, but he later confessed when shown a video that shows him stomping on the reptile, the Liouciou Township (琉球) Office said.

The diver’s alleged actions were first reported by an “angry resident” who stormed into the local CGA office at 2pm on Monday, the township office said.   

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