- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Family members with the infamous Kennedy last name who thought they were doing a good deed and saving an endangered sea turtle may actually have broken federal law.

Max Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., brothers who freed a leatherback turtle from a buoy line during a Fourth of July celebration, now face fire from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Division of Fisheries, The Associated Press reported. John Bullard, with the agency, says saving the 500-pound turtle violates the Endangered Species Act.

The Kennedys should instead have contacted the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies — the closest agency with the legal right to handle the turtles, he said, in the Cape Cod Times.


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But the brothers are contrite.

Robert Kennedy said on the NOAA’s website that they understand their actions were “pretty risky,” AP reported.