Tampa Man Charged With Keeping Sea Turtle

turtle_2013Authorities say a 21-year-old Tampa man was the person who dug up a turtle nest on Casey Key last month and have accused him of keeping a sea turtle as a pet in his Channelside apartment.

Kim Raymond Feaste, of the 400 block of 12th St., Tampa, is charged with possession of a sea turtle, which he was keeping in an aquarium in his apartment, according to Baryl Martin, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Martin said the turtle that was found in the aquarium was not from the nest on Casey Key. “This is not the first time he has disturbed a turtle nest,” he said.

The agency had circulated photos taken by a photographer Aug. 13 who saw a man digging up a turtle nest on Casey Key. The agency received multiple tips that the man was Feaste, who told the photographer he had permits to handle the nest and eggs, said Martin, who added there are no such permits.

Source: TBO