People pose with injured sea turtle on beach

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.

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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A Hawksbill sea turtle is seen swimming on January 15, 2012 in Lady Elliot Island, Australia. Lady Elliot Island is one of the three island resorts in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMPA) with the highest designated classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA. The island of approximately 40 hectares lies 46 nautical miles north-east of the Queensland town of Bundaberg and is the southern-most coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, Namena Marine Reserve, Fiji (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 20, 2010, four month old Hawksbill turtles swim into the sea after a symbolic release by conservationists at the Thousand Islands National Marine Park in Pramuka island north of Jakarta. Hawksbill turtles, known by their scientific name Eretmochelys Imbricata, are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Hunted for their flesh, shell and eggs, plus destructive fishing methods have threatened the survival of the sea turtle. Indonesia's conservation efforts include aiming to stop the illegal trade of Hawksbill turtle products and protect its natural nesting grounds. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata floats under water. Maldives Indian Ocean coral reef. (Photo via Getty Images)
Hawksbill Turtle and Diver -- Maldives. (Photo by Ian Cartwright via Getty Images)
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Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over coral in Jackson Reef, Tiran strait, Red Sea. (Photo by Joao Pedro Silva via Gety Images)
Hawksbill turtles have a narrow snouted hawk-like head. They are critically endangered. (Photo by Manoj Shah via Getty Images)

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