LIHUE — A 39-year-old Lihue man was cited for take of an endangered/threatened species after he reportedly attacked a green sea turtle Thursday night.
Witnesses reported a man at Nawiliwili Harbor by the seawall was using a butterknife and a large rock and striking the turtle, trying to pry the shell open about 5 p.m.
Police responded and in turn called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.
Don Heacock, state DLNR aquatic biologist, arrived at the scene and took the turtle, which he said had chips in its shell. It initially was lethargic, but later moved its flippers.
The turtle was turned over to the Oahu DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources for observation and was released Saturday.
It has a good chance of recovery since its wounds appeared minor and honu are very hardy marine reptiles, Heacock said.
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