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National Park Officers Investigating After Poached Sea Turtle Was Found At South Florida Beach (VIDEO)

This article contains graphic content that might not be suitable for some readers. This article includes: images and information about dead animals.

Humans are one of the leading reasons for the alarmingly quick rate of animal extinction, and it's an issue that continues to linger. Less than an hour ago the Biscayne National Park updated their Instagram page with a video of a sea turtle and the caption:

"Biscayne National Park Marine Patrol Officers are investigating a poached sea turtle that was discovered with a spear shaft through its head."

Biscayne National Park Marine Patrol Officers are investigating a poached sea turtle that was discovered with a spear shaft through its head. 🚨 🚔 If you have any information about the poached sea turtle, please contact Biscayne National Park dispatch at 305-242-7740. #keepbiscaynebeautiful #pleasereport #marinepatrol #seaturtle #nationalparkservice #lawenforcement #police #heretoserve #protectingparks #biscaynenationalpark

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While the clip lasts only seconds, it is long enough to show the graphic and heartbreaking demise of this creature. Sea turtles are endangered and protected; hunting and poaching these gentle giants carries a hefty fine.

According to CNSO, anyone who attempts to take, harass, harm, pursue, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or attempts to engage in any such conduct to marine turtles, turtle nests, and/or turtle eggs; knowingly violates any provision of the act may be assessed civil penalties up to $25,000 or criminal penalty up to $100,000 and up to one year imprisonment.

The video has already been viewed thousands of times and accumulated many comments.

One Instagram user wrote "This makes me so mad 😡 what is wrong with people💔," and another simply said, "Humans are the worst."

This news comes just after another woman was arrested in Miami for stomping on a turtle nest.

If you have any information about the poached sea turtle, please contact Biscayne National Park dispatch at 305-242-7740.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information becomes available. 

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