Friday, August 15, 2014
(Honolulu, HI) -- A picture of a man appearing to bite a bloodied sea turtle's head is causing controversy in Hawaii. Officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources say they are hearing from many people via social media about the photo. Those folks are angry at the photo that shows the man's teeth near the turtle's head alongside another man smiling. Harming or killing a threatened sea turtle is illegal in Hawaii. However, DLNR officials tell "Hawaii News Now" they don't know if the photos were taken in Hawaii or in the Marshall Islands, where eating turtle is legal. They also aren't sure if the men in the photo actually harmed the creature. Officials say they are looking for proof that they could forward on to authorities.