There are only two reasons I can think of that you might steal a sea turtle awareness sign from the beaches on Bolivar Peninsula:

  • You anticipate needing the information on the signs in the future, but you don’t have a phone handy. But you do have a screwdriver.
  • You want to a have a unique dorm room decoration.

Or maybe you have some kind of grudge against the turtles.

In a post on their official blog today, the Houston Zoo reported that someone had removed some of the sea turtle awareness signs that the zoo had recently put up on the beach in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

From the blog,

While we appreciate that the general public must really enjoy the brand new signs designed by the Houston Zoo’s graphics department, we were upset to see that we would need to use signs meant for other areas along the beach to replace the stolen signs. So, throughout our day looking for stranded or injured sea turtles on the beach we hopped out of the vehicle several times to install new signs and replace the stolen signs.

For shame, whoever you are.

If you do find a sea turtle on a Texas beach, you should call Texas turtle hotline at 1-866-TURTLE-5. It’s inadvisable to touch a turtle without checking with authorities first. As an endangered species, it’s illegal to harm, harass, intentionally injure or kill a sea turtle.

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