The algal bloom has also killed fish, sea turtles and manatees along the Gulf Coast.
Yaqun Lu, 41, was reportedly also seen by bystanders and police officers "jabbing" at the nest with a wooden stake.
The turtle was found – visibly weak and sick – on a beach in South Africa earlier this month.
The warmer ocean waters of climate change entice the turtles to linger too long too far north.
Authorities are also investigating the deaths of 113 sea turtles; they were found in the southern state of Chiapas earlier this month.
Dozens of manatees and hundreds of sea turtles have died in the longest-running red tide outbreak since 2006.
Abandoned objects can be deadly for the endangered animals.
Scientists observed turtles using flippers for digging, rolling stuff and swiping at prey.
The little guy named Alby is the straggler of 122 brothers and sisters.
A Facebook photo appears to show her and another woman harassing the protected species.
Researchers in Costa Rica pulled a 4-inch plastic straw from a sea turtle's nostril.
He told HuffPost that during a single cleanup dive earlier this year, they picked up nearly 12 big buckets of monofilament
Should you come across a stranded animal in the wild, it's important to remember that animals don't strand themselves unless
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