Two men were arrested earlier today after they ran into the enclosure which has been set up to protect a turtle nest at Ghadira Bay. A spokesperson for Nature Trust, told The Times of Malta that the two people were drunk when they ran into the nest, breaching an outer border, which was made out of netting, but not the inner border – the one protecting the eggs – which are believed to be safe.
Officers from the Rapid Intervention Unit arrested the men, after RIU was called on site by the volunteers and the MTA Officials.
All turtle nesting sites are subject to emergency conservation orders, which are issued by ERA, while volunteers, keep 24/7 watch of the nests.
Disturbing of the species, particularly during the breeding, rearing and migration period, is prohibited and subject to legal action.
The destruction or the stealing of eggs from the wild is also strictly prohibited and constitutes a criminal offence.