Florida Man Arrested With 120 Sea Turtle Eggs

Aug 27, 2010
A man holds a green sea turtle hatchling. (Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

Why are people convinced that parts of exotic and endangered animals are aphrodisiacs?

Ask Kenneth Coleman, a Palm Beach, Florida, man arrested Friday for allegedly digging up and stealing 120 sea turtle eggs, as reported by the Palm Beach Post News

You’ll have to have to call the Palm Beach County Jail to get Coleman's answer—he's facing federal poaching charges for lifting the eggs… and it’s his second time getting caught.

In 2005, he was busted with 142 sea turtle eggs, which some say are an aphrodisiac or are used as food in religious ceremonies.

The turtles say the eggs are for reproduction.

Coleman's theft, while serious, is small potatoes compared to the 3,756 eggs authorities confiscated from six men in Mexico last week. 

The eggs came from protected olive ridley sea turtles, the AP reports, and were being "transported for sale or consumption."

The suspects from the Mexican poaching could face from one to nine years in prison, if convicted.

No word on the fate of the Mexican eggs, although the Florida haul was decribed as "such a loss" by Gabriella Ferraro, the spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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