The olive ridley sea turtle was underweight, hypothermic and barely breathing when it was discovered stranded by Marine Animal Rescue workers in early January.
Someone duct-taped a turtle to balloons and sent him soaring into the sky. Now, Oceanside police want to know who is responsible.
Atsushi Yamagami, 39, and Norihide Ushirozako, 49, were arrested Jan. 7 at the airport with over 50 live turtles and tortoises.
Two men from Japan have been arrested for allegedly smuggling more than 50 live turtles and tortoises into the United States.