People pose with injured sea turtle on beach

Turtle Stood On For Selfies and Beaten On Beach Gets Rescued
Turtle Stood On For Selfies and Beaten On Beach Gets Rescued

First there was a small dolphin in Argentina, then a dead shark in the Dominican Republic -- and now a sea turtle has fallen victim to the alarming trend of humans posing with marine life outside of their habitat.

A group of beachgoers reportedly took pictures with the sea creature after it was hauled ashore in Jiyeh, Lebanon.

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The turtle, which is believed to be between 40 to 50 years old suffered a severe head injury, according to Buzzfeed News.

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Currently, the turtle is undergoing 24-hour care in a seawater pool by veterinarians and is receiving anti-inflammatory injections every three days.

"The turtle will be released when we are sure that it is completely healed and recovered and strong," Lebanese Civil Defense spokesperson Elias Abboud said. "It cannot even eat on its own yet."

The Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture strictly prohibits hunting marine turtles off the country's coast.

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