(Miami-AP) – Some workers at the Miami Seaquarium are in trouble for allowing an employee to turn a protected leatherback sea turtle into stew. The turtle had died from injuries suffered in a collision with a boat. Seaquarium officials say letters were put in the files of a veterinarian and a supervisor for allowing a worker to take some of the turtle meat home to make stew. The employee brought some of the dish to the Seaquarium and shared it with co-workers.
Wildlife officials say no charges were filed because the Seaquarium’s permit to handle endangered species doesn’t say how it should dispose of dead animals. But a Seaquarium official says consuming the bodies of dead animals is against park policy. One animal rights activist suggested changing the park’s name to the Miami Seaquarium and Barbecue.