Every summer in Lebanon, Havana beach attracts tourists and sun worshippers from all around.

One day in 2016, it appeared to be a normal day at the beach until one man spotted a turtle and decided to do the unthinkable.

The careless man sauntered into the sea and dragged the turtle out of it’s natural habitat.

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The turtle was thrown on to the sand.

Tourists gathered around the animal, many of them taking photographs of the creature, some even posing for selfies. But the horrific ordeal did not stop there.

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It appeared the beach-goers saw the turtle as some form of entertainment. Some photographs that were taken on the day show a man lifting a little boy onto the turtle’s back, forcing him to step on the shell. According to Jason Mier of charity Animals Lebanon, the animal had also been hit with a stick.