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Men in Saudi arrested for molesting turtles

A group of men were arrested on a beach in Amlak, Saudi for allegedly molesting turtles, according to Special Forces for Environmental Security spokesman.

In a report by Gulf News, the men were nabbed after a clip showing them abusing the turtles circulated on social media.

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The Kingdom reminded everyone to protect the environment and wildlife, reiterating its marine rules that prohibit the “possession, disturbance, mutilation, destruction, selling, transference, molestation and harassment of marine turtles, nests or eggs.

Gulf News reported that about five of the seven marine turtle species have been recorded in Saudi’s territorial waters, including the Green turtle, the Hawksbill turtle, the Loggerhead turtle, the Olive Ridley turtle, and the Leatherback turtle. The first two turtle species are considered top priorities in the Kingdom’s turtle conservation efforts.

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