Wed., June 20, 2012 11:00am (EDT)

Sea Turtle Eggs Stolen
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga.  —  
Officers intercepted the Sapelo Island ferry when it arrived in Meridian May 27, and a K-9 trained to detect wildlife items was called to search a man and his duffel bag. They found 156 sea turtle eggs. (Photo Courtesy of <a href="http://www.public-domain-image.com/full-image/fauna-animals-public-domain-images-pictures/reptiles-and-amphibians-public-domain-images-pictures/turtles-pictures/loggerhead-pictures/view-of-loggerhead-sea-turtle-eggs-being-relocated-into-a-new-nesting-cavity.jpg-royalty-free-stock-picture.html" title="View of loggerhead sea turtle eggs being relocated into a new nesting cavity">Steve Hillebrand/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a>.)
Officers intercepted the Sapelo Island ferry when it arrived in Meridian May 27, and a K-9 trained to detect wildlife items was called to search a man and his duffel bag. They found 156 sea turtle eggs. (Photo Courtesy of Steve Hillebrand/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)
Authorities have intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island.

Georgia wildlife officials said they began investigating the theft after learning the eggs had been stolen from the nest. Sea turtle eggs are prized by some as a purported aphrodisiac and a food delicacy.

Officers intercepted the Sapelo Island ferry when it arrived in Meridian May 27, and a K-9 trained to detect wildlife items was called to search a man and his duffel bag.

Authorities said they found the 156 eggs and a small amount of marijuana in the bag, and confiscated a handgun from the suspect's vehicle. Authorities declined to release the suspect's name or offer more information.